Tanzania Daily News (Dar es Salaam)

Tanzania: State Told to Increase Healthcare Funding

Serengeti — DR Ketan Shukla, an Indian Urologist arrived in Serengeti District in Mara Region on Monday along with two other Indian doctors and called for heavy investment in health sector in the country.

The Indian doctors have camped at Mugumu District Designated Hospital (DDH) where they attended hundreds of patients from Serengeti District and beyond. "A lot of money should be invested in the health sector to improve infrastructure to enable available medical experts provide better treatment to patients," the Indian Urologist and Transplant Surgeon said after attending several patients on Monday evening.

Hundreds of patients from all walks of life turned out at the hospital for treatment. "There are so many patients here and they need better treatment, but it is sometimes difficult to provide proper treatment due to lack of facilities. Improved infrastructure will result to better treatment to patients," the Indian doctor observed.

This was the second time for Dr Shukla to lead a team of Indian doctors in providing treatment services free of charge in Serengeti District. In July, they also came and treated many patients and donated modern surgical equipment to the hospital which serves hundreds of people in the area.

The Indian doctors support to Serengeti people has been established by a good relationship established by Serengeti District Council Chairman, Mr John Ng'oina after he was flown to India for treatment and successfully treated by Dr Shukla. "We are enjoying good cooperation from Serengeti District Council and Tanzanian authorities in general.

We are also getting excellent cooperation from the doctors and nurses of this hospital," said Dr Shukla. Mr Ng'oina thanked the Indian doctors and called upon Serengeti residents with health problems to turn out and make good use of the rare opportunity.

"First of all I would like to thank Dr Ketan for his generosity. Imagine they are using their money to come and treat our patients in Serengeti. We really need to sustain this service," the District Council Chairman Mr Ng'oina said. The Hospital Medical Officer In-charge, Dr Calvin Mwasha hailed the support by the Indian doctors in the area, describing it as a huge relief for hundreds of patients who fail to meet referral costs.

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