17 December 2012

Tanzania: Govt Gets U.S.$60 Million Loan for Hospital

Dar es Salaam — The government of Tanzania has received a $60m loan from South Korea for the construction of a modern hospital.

The fund will also facilitate the setting up of a medical school at Mlonganzila on the outskirt of Dar es Salaam which will start next year.

According to the Tanzanian President Dr Jakaya Kikwete the construction of the hospital buildings with modern laboratories, medical devices and ambulances has been supported by Korean government for the cost of $4.2m.

Kikwete added that the Mlonganzila hospital will give training to doctors and nurses. Every year will be training 12,000 doctors when completed in January 2015.

"The completion of the Mlonganzila medical school will help cut down the shortage of doctors in the country," Kikwete said. He added that still more efforts are needed to have more medical schools since the country is still lagging behind in the ratio of doctors to patients.

One doctor serve 30,000 patients while in developed countries one doctor serves 500 people.

The Ambassador of Korea said that his government appreciates the importance of health in Tanzania's efforts to bring development.

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