9 February 2013

Tanzania: Community Efforts Help Improve Delivery of Health Services

Dodoma — SUCCESSFUL implementation of community development projects can be realised through joint partnership between the government and the public.

The Deputy Minister of State, Prime Minister's Office, Regional Administration and Local Government, Aggrey Mwanry, said in parliament that the construction of dispensaries and deployment of medical staff could best be achieved where the host community is cooperative.

"Rukwa region is currently leading with a high retention level of personnel posted in different public facilities. The people of Rukwa cooperate closely with workers for example in the health and education sectors such that majority of those deployed stayed and worked comfortably," Mwanry explained.

He was responding to a basic question by Agripina Buyogera, (MP - Kasulu Rural - NCCR-Mageuzi) who asked the government to build dispensaries in the area to reduce mother and child mortality rates. "Kasulu constituency in Kigoma region now has 19 wards and 42 villages.

There are six health centres, four out of the number are operational and the remaining two are still under construction," Mwanry said. He said there are 30 dispensaries in the area providing services to 30 different villages to make it convenient to the residents to have access to health services

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