Mwanza — THE government has hailed health development partners for their support in the construction of two theatre clinics, health insurance and oncology buildings and the supply of medical equipment to Bugando Medical Centre (BMC).
The Vice-President, Dr Mohamed Gharib Bilal, who was in Mwanza city to open the Oncology building and lay a foundation stone for the Health Insurance building at Bugando hospital, said the facilities would help the residents in Lake Zone regions and Tanzanians at large to get oncology services earlier before diseases reach a lifethreatening stage.
"I'm impressed to see the two oncology clinics in operation at Bugando hospital. The oncology services that will be provided here will go a long way to saving the lives of people in the Lake Zone regions," he said.
Dr Bilal said the government, for its part, contributed to the construction of the oncology building, which was testimony to the importance the government attached to oncology treatment service.
The vice-president noted that the government planned to establish similar services at Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre (KCMC) and Mbeya Referral Hospital.
He said oncology in Lake Zone regions was becoming a serious disease as most patients at Ocean Road Hospital in Dar es Salaam came from Lake Zone regions.
Mr Bilal hailed local and foreign development partners for their support in the construction of the two buildings.
The development partners included African Barrick Gold Mine, Save a Child's Heart of Tel Aviv in Israel, World Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Italian government, which donated medical equipment.
African Barrick Gold Mine's Vice-President, Mr Deo Mwanyika, said the company valued the communities around its mine under its corporate social responsibility.
He said the company also valued its staff, which was why their staff were undergoing treatment at Bugando Hospital, adding that Barrick gave 500m/- for the construction of the Bugando Hospital oncology building and the two clinics.