Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda led scores of Christian faithful at the weekend in raising a total of 354,076,850/- for the construction of a new Catholic Church Hospital at Lerangwa village, Kamwanga ward in Longido district.
A total of 235,896,850/- was collected on the spot, 5m/- from the Regional Office, and the rest 118,180,000/- was in form of pledges. The health facility is built at Endumet, some 150 kilometers from Arusha City and is expected to serve pastoralist communities.
The hospital, which is under construction, started offering health services since
April last year and is expected to benefit more than 50,000 people in the area and neighboring areas.
In his remarks, Pinda said that the government would ensure that power, roads and ambulance services are provided in the area.
He also agreed to a proposal made by church leaders of sourcing power from Kenya’s Kidawachi area, which is 20 kilometers from the village or from Amboseli area, which seven kilometres.
“I cannot give you the exact answer, but I will try to communicate with Kenya’s Prime Minister on this matter,” he said.
One of the leaders of Arusha’s Catholic Diocese Father Fredrick Karori appealed to the government to supply the area with electricity as some medical facilities needed power to operate.
He also advised the government to address the problem of medical practitioners rural areas face due to difficult work conditions.
Earlier, Archbishop Josephat Lobulu of the Church said health services at the hospital would be provided to all people regardless of their colours, tribes, regions and other ethnic backgrounds.
He also commended the government for sustained efforts to improve health services in the country.