Z’bar gearing to boost health services

08Jan 2016
David Kisanga
The Guardian
Z’bar gearing to boost health services

THE government in Zanzibar has assured the public that it will continue improving the health sector by recruiting more experienced and qualified health specialists.

President of Zanzibar Dk Ali Mohamed Shein

“We are determined and working hard to make sure Zanzibar has enough health specialists in all public health centers,” noted Zanzibar President Dr Ali Mohamed Shein.
Speaking recently after laying two foundation stones for pediatric and maternal and neonatal wards at the Mnazi Mmoja hospital as part of honouring the 52nd anniversary of the Isles Revolution .
According to Dr Shein, it will be useless to construct hospitals and health centers without having enough health personnel. The Isles’ President noted that despite efforts in hospital construction, the government is also working hard to see that they have enough and qualified health specialists.
He said the move will reduce the number of Zanzibaris who search for service outside isles; “this will go in line with the purchasing of enough modern equipments,’” he added.
In this regard, the president said his government has increased the health budget to curb challenges facing the sector and wants health workers to abide by ethic of the profession.
Dr Mohamed Jidawi said the pediatric and maternal and neonatal wards at Mnazi Mmoja hospital are financed by the governments of Norway and Netherlands. He said the expansion of the buildings is aimed at accommodating and providing better services to the public.
“We are committed to providing better health services to the public,” he said.
Deputy Minister of Health Mahmoud Thabit Kombo assured the public that his ministry will continue working hard to improve the health sector. He said the top priority is to improve the doctor-patient ratio which has been one of the big challenges facing the sector.