26 February 2013

Tanzania: Moshi Makes Progress in Curbing Child Mortality

Moshi — MORTALITY rate for children under five years of age in Moshi municipality has sharply dropped from 160 in 2006 to 18 last year per 1,000 live births, a decline of 142 deaths; while maternal mortality rate also decreased from 262 to 181 per 100,000 live births over the same period of time, a report presented to journalists by Moshi District Commissioner, Dr Ibrahim Msengi has revealed.

The report, which demonstrates the implementation of Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) Election Manifesto thus far, shows that for the period under review, health personnel decreased from 105 to 47, which was a deficit of 58 employees. The report further disclosed that HIV/AIDS patients who were under antiretroviral (ARV) therapy have increased from 199 to 10,604, a rise of 19,405 recipients for the past seven years.

Turning to agriculture, the report reveals that production of various crops has increased from 2.1 tonnes to 5.2 tonnes per hectare, a rise of 3.1 tonnes per hectare, while the use of fertilizers has risen from 20.5 tonnes to 280.2 tonnes, an increase of 260 tonnes.

The use of quality seeds has also risen from 15 tonnes to 59.7 tonnes, an increase of 44.7 tonnes for the period between 2005 and last year while inputs subsidy has gone up from 19.72 tonnes to 280.4 tonnes, according to the report, adding that the number of power tillers has reached nine up from 2 some seven years ago, while the use of big tractors has risen to 21 up from 12 over the same period of time.

The report further reveals that Savings and Credit Cooperative Societies (SACCOS) have increased from 32 in 2005 to 58 last year, a rise of 26 SACCOS over the period under review, and that so far loans totaling 64m/-have been dished out to youths and women.

The Municipal Council earned an income of 4.1bn/- from own sources last year in contrast to 900m/-it earned in 2005, while government subsidy increased from five billion in 2005 to 22.1bn/-. According to the report, the number of Moshi municipal residents who have access to safe and clean water has reached 99 per cent as at last year, up from 95 per cent in 2005, an increase of 4 per cent.

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