Health sector  receives a shot in the arm

10May 2019
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Health sector  receives a shot in the arm

HEALTH sector in the country has received a shot in the arm after the government of Germany announced its support for the construction of a level 4 military hospital in the capital Dodoma.

President Dr John Pombe Magufuli shares a light moment with German ambassador to Tanzania Dr Detlef Waechter (3rd L) shortly after they held talks with the German delegation at State House in Dar es Salaam yesterday. Looking on (From R-L) are the Chief of Defence Forces General Venance Mabeyo and Minister for Defence and National Service Dr. Hussein Mwinyi and delegation members. Photo: State House

The grant for the facility to be run by the Tanzania People’s Defence Force  (TPDF) is part of Germany’s extension of its support for the institution for the next four years.

The extended support will start in 2021 to 2024 under which the German Armed Forces Technical Advisory Group (GAFTAG) will provide military and medical equipment to TPDF as well as peace keeping training  for military officers.

A statement issued by the Directorate of Presidential Communications in Dar es Salaam yesterday said that Germany pledged the health sector support when Dr Detlef Wäechter, German ambassador to Tanzania met and held talks with President John Magufuli at State House.

Ambassador Wäechter was accompanied by delegates from Germany’s Defence and Foreign Affairs ministries.

Under the current military cooperation which ended in March 2019, the Germany government constructed a 5.9bn/- zonal hospital in Monduli, Arusha region. The hospital works closely with Lugalo military hospital in Dar es Salaam and serves as the referral hospital since it is equipped with modern technological tools. The government contributed 346.8m/-.

The Germany government also supported expansion of the Lugalo Military Medical Science College, construction of military garages in Dodoma, Shinyanga and Mwanza regions and construction of the emergency department at Lugalo military hospital. The assistance also includes construction of dormitories at the Bububu hospital in Zanzibar and improvements of zonal hospitals in Zanzibar, Mbeya, Mwanza and Tabora region.

President John Magufuli commended the German government’s support insisting to cement the existing bilateral relationship between the two countries. He assured ambassador Wäechter that the government will make sure that donated equipment are used for the  targeted purposes.

Present at the State House were the Minister for Defence and National Service, Dr Hussein Mwinyi, Venance Mabeyo, Tanzania’s Chief of Defence Forces, Thomas Nalbach representing GAFTAG in Tanzania and Malte Loknitz, the first Germany’s Permanent Secretary in the Foreign Affairs Ministry.