Singida — SINGIDA Region has spent more than 6bn/- for the on-going construction of its Regional Referral Hospital which started in 2009.
The region's report goes along the implementation of the Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) Manifesto for the past seven years as issued early this week by Singida Regional Commissioner (RC), Dr Parseko Kone.
In his performance report, Dr Kone said that 6,146,932,000/- was spent to build out-patient department (OPD) and maternal ward blocks which are now ready for use.
He further said that some of the funds were spent to start the second phase of the hospital's construction work which involved the diagnostic block. According to Dr Kone, the diagnostic building work was now complete by almost 95 per cent.
During this financial year 2012/2013, the RC said the central government had set aside 1.8bn/- for the construction of the regional referral hospital which is being implemented in phases until all the 47 blocks are completed.
On maternal and child health sector, Dr Kone revealed that maternal deaths had decreased from 233 deaths in every 100,000 expectant mothers who gave birth in 2005 to 87 deaths last year.
This tremendous achievement, he said, had been attributed by a great number of expectant mothers who opted to give birth at various health centres in the region instead of doing so at their homes.
The RC further disclosed that child deaths under five years also decreased from 22 in every 1,000 new born in 2005 down to 11 deaths in June, last year. Dr Kone attributed this to the increased health services and facilities in the region, including various vaccinations.