Zanzibar — AS Zanzibar opens more dispensaries and hospitals for easy access to patients, the Ministry of Health has been asked to recruit more healthcare professionals to minimize the shortage on the Isles.
"It is good that we are having more health centres and therefore solving the problem of travelling far in search for medical services, but the challenge is we cannot have many hospitals which are not adequately staffed," the Second Vice-President, Ambassador Seif Ali Iddi said.
He made the observations at Sebleni centre for the elderly where he laid a foundation stone for the extension of the clinic building, saying "we need nurses and doctors to serve people efficiently." The ambassador said that due increasing number of people in the islands, having health centres close to residential areas was an advantage, including minimizing congestion at hospitals meant for referral cases only.
"I appeal to the ministry of health to do-all-you-can to have more nurses and other medical professionals to help people. We need to discourage unnecessary congestions in big hospitals by making sure that minor health problems can be treated at the clinics and dispensaries," Amb. Iddi said.
The second vice-president also appealed to the general public to give family planning priority because it is important in having a healthy family and eventually have a better economical development.
In response, the Zanzibar Minister for Health, Mr Juma Duni proposed to work on the problems, including the provision of maternal health care services at the Sebleni clinic. Dr Fadhili Mohammed, Unguja Island Chief Medical Officer, said that mobile clinics will further help reduce congestion at Mnazi Mmoja Referral Hospital.