Muhimbili invests 37.4bn/- to perform specialized services

20Nov 2019
Henry Mwangonde
The Guardian
Muhimbili invests 37.4bn/- to perform specialized services

THE Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) has invested 37.4bn/- on improving infrastructure and personnel in the last four years, resulting in the start of specialized services including kidney and liver transplanting.

MNH Executive Director Prof Lawrence  Museru

MNH has in recent years enhanced its capacity to provide major services where it started with Cochlea implant, adding radiology intervention and kidney transplant, climaxing with liver transplanting.

Speaking yesterday when he highlighted achievements in the four years of President John Magufuli’s administration, MNH Executive Director Prof Lawrence  Museru said the facility has spent 27.3bn/- for purchasing major hospital equipment, 10bn/- on infrastructure development and 3.5bn/- in training experts.

“MNH is a reflection of how health services are provided in the country and in the last four years we have been working to ensure that we break the ground for more super specialized services,” he declared.

The investment followed a directive by the president  who in November, 2015 ordered the hospital’s authorities to work on complains by patients over equipment that had for a long time not been functioning, provide beds to patients who were sleeping on the floor and build capacity for the provision of special service to reduce referrals abroad.

Prof Museru said the four years of offering the services has proved that it is possible to have super specialized services in the country saying there are  only few issues to address.

Since it started offering kidney transplants, 51 patients have received the services operated at MNH and 1.5bn/ out of the 6.1bn/- that was to be used if the transplants were conducted abroad.

He added that the hospital is constructing a transplant centre at its Mloganzila branch which will host all services including liver, kidney, bone marrow and other services to be launched by the hospital in the near future.

Data from MNH show 340 kidney patients are on dialysis and every month, 20 new kidney patients are registered.

For many years, Tanzanians suffering from Kidney failure had to be referred abroad, especially to India for the procedure.

The kidney transplant was the second achievement in a row by the hospital after a successful cochlea implant surgery in June 2017.

According to Prof Museru the hospital has saved 32.2bn/- that was to be spent if the patients were sent abroad.

The achievements have so far helped to reduce costs of liver and kidney transplant by 50-percent. One successful transplant costs about 100 million that is for India which is taken as the cheapest.