PRESIDENT Jakaya Kikwete has stressed the importance of cooperation between the government and the private sector to improve public service provision.
He made the call when inaugurating the first phase of new hospital wing, and the construction of the second phase Shree Hindu Mandal, which stands as a good example of Private Public Partnership (PPP).
The president said Shree Hindu Mandal's efforts in providing health services to the public lessen government's burden. "This is a good example of PPP and with such cooperation between private and public sectors, the burden will be much easier to the government and eventually enable us plan what areas to focus in needy areas," he noted.
The inaugurated wing of the Shree Hindu Mandal Hospital is a two-storey building, which comprises a state- of- the-art laboratory, dental unit and HIV/Aids unit.President Kikwete promised to inaugurate the second phase of the project which is consisted of a sixstorey building, adding that his mother was hospitalized at Shree Hindu Mandal until when she died.
The Minister for Health and Social Welfare, Dr Hussein Mwinyi, explained that the hospital has been at the forefront in providing health services to Tanzania, and is among the hospitals which provide service to the National Health Insurance Fund (NIHF) members.
The Shree Hindu Mandal Chairman, Mr Ramesh Patel, said apart from providing health services, Shree Hindu Mandal also runs nursery, primary and secondary schools.