Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

18 February 2012

Tanzania: Kisarawe Receives 90 Million - Mobile Clinic

KISARAWE District in the Coast region is on the verge of reducing child mortality rate after receiving a mobile clinic.

The mobile clinic worth 90 million/- was handed to the District authority by Plan International Tanzania on Friday during a brief handing over ceremony, where the guest of honour was the Kisarawe District Commissioner, Khanifa Karamagi. Handing over the vehicle, the Plan International Tanzania Director, David Muthungu said that the organization has set aside a five year budget of 686 million/- for the mobile clinic project.

He further said that despite the fact that the vehicle will remain under the ownership of Plan Tanzania for the time being, the organization will still cater for the running cost of the vehicle, which includes maintenance and fuel."Because our organization values the health of mother and child, we will continue footing the running costs so that no further cases of unnecessary deaths of pregnant women and children under five years of age could be reported.

He said that Kisarawe is currently faced with poor road infrastructure, whereby pregnant women and mothers have to trek for long distances to seek medical services. He however warned that Plan Tanzania will monitor closely the operation and handling of the mobile clinic, and in case they discovered any misuse, they will be forced to repossess it and hand it over to another district. Receiving the vehicle, the Kisarawe District Commissioner, Khanifa Karamagi said that the mobile clinic is vital especially for immunization exercises.

She urged village council officials to monitor closely the operations of the mobile clinic, and keep a tab on the number of people reached and the effect of the services. She urged Kisarawe residents to take advantage of the clinic, because now it has become easier to access medical services without going to clinics or dispensaries. The vehicle will be conducting 26 trips across the district every month.

"Records indicate that Kisarawe District still has a high number of mortality rates among pregnant women and young children while immunization is very low. This is mainly because people in villages have to walk for long distances before they can come across health facilities, and the poor transport infrastructure is also a hindrance," she said. She said the availability of the mobile clinic will increase the immunization coverage of children below one year for DPT3 and measles from 65 per cent and 75 per cent respectively to 90 per cent by the year 2015.

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