13 February 2013

Tanzania: Local Scientists Urged to Be Pro-Active

Tanga — THE Parliamentary Standing Committee responsible for Social Services has urged scientists in the country to stop complaining over challenges they face in their daily activities and apply their knowledge to find permanent solutions.

The committee members made the call after paying a visit to the National Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) here, to learn about research progress and challenges. The Director of NIMR-Tanga, Dr Martha Lemnge, told the legislators that one of the challenges they face comes when laboratory apparatus and medical machines breakdown, as they fail to repair them.

She said since there are no bio-medical engineers in the country, then they have to use a lot of money to transport such engineers from abroad to repair the machines and sometimes they (engineers) do not come on time, something which has been affecting the progress of research.

Dr Lemnge further said that apart from such challenges, they also have shortages of laboratory equipment and staffing, especially researchers, thus request the government to think on how it could improve the research centres in the country in this regard.

According to the director's list, another challenge was budgetary allocation, saying that it was too little for researchers to perform their duties properly and successfully. Responding to the report, Ms Zarina Madabida (MP Special seats-CCM) wondered why scientists have been complaining over challenges they face in their profession.

According to her, scientists were not supposed to be among people who raise complaints, but were expected to be problem solvers. "We have come here to know your progress and challenges so that we can advise the government. But, other challenges are within your capacity.

So, be aggressive and apply your skills to bring about the permanent solutions," she stressed. She, however, advised the government to allocate enough funds to enable some scientists to pursue bio-medical engineering, in order for the country to get its own such experts instead of importing them from abroad.

She said if such experts are found in the country, then the nation would save a lot of money which in turn might be directed to other social developmental projects. The legislators who were accompanied by the Deputy National Director of NIMR, Dr Julius Massaga, visited NIMR centres in Tanga and Amani located in Muheza and Korogwe districts.

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