18 June 2018

Tanzania: 'Children Deserve Free Medical Care

A CIVIL Society Organisation (CSO) has urged the government to provide free health insurance to each child in the country in order to help the state achieve the Universal Health Access goal by the year 2030.

Tanzania Health Promotion (THP) said the move will also help the state to put up a healthy workforce towards building and sustaining a health middle-income nation.

THP Policy Monitoring and Advocacy Officer, Dr Victor Minja made the call over the weekend in Dar es Salaam during the commemoration of the International Day of the African Child marked every June 16 each year. Dr Minja urged the government to honour its policy commitments that are meant to ensure free health services to all under-five children.

"It is good for the government to honour its policies that hinge on children's rights and this should be done by ensuring that each child acquires a health insurance in the country," he said.

"This will in turn support the state's efforts to ensure a healthy workforce as the country works towards the middle income industry driven economy," he added.

Dr Minja said the country was far from achieving the universal health access goal since the availability of medical treatment and medicines for children is still a big challenge.

He pointed out one of the main setbacks as being lack of resources for enabling the children to have access to good quality health services.

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