Tanzania has recorded 725 deaths from Covid-19 since the outbreak of the pandemic almost 20 months ago.
The deaths are among the 26,164 reported coronavirus cases, of which 25,330 have fully recovered from the disease.
That’s what Deputy Health Minister Dr Godwin Mollel said in parliament on Wednesday, responding to a question from MP for Special Seats, Halima Mdee.
In her main question, Ms Mdee asked how many Tanzanians have contracted Covid-19 since its onset and how much the government is planning to spend on fighting the pandemic.
She also asked what led to the increased costs of treating Covid-19.
“A total of 158 billion shillings was spent on the purchase of various equipment, including 19 oxygen concentrators which have a production capacity of 200 to 300 cylinders.” said Doctor Mollel.
He added: To date, seven concentrators have started to operate while the installation of the other 12 is underway, part of the money has been spent on the purchase of PPE (personal protective equipment), medicines, medical equipment and 15 ambulances.
Regarding the cost of the Covid-19 test which now stands at $ 50 per person, Dr Molled said the cost was supposed to be $ 135, but the government is contributing $ 85.
In June, while speaking to editors and reporters in Dar es Salaam, President Samia Suluhu Hassan said the government would spend at least $ 470 million to purchase Covid-19 vaccines and bail out sectors hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic.