ZANZIBAR is expected to have modern health facilities offering the best medical services to its citizens and tourists at district, regional and national level, if the current plans bear fruit following financial assurance from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
“The architectural (design) work on the project is complete … We are now looking for qualified contractors for the job. Anyone who will be given the job, should keep in mind that this is a demanding project. want it by the end of June next year, ”Nassor Ahmed Mazrui, Minister of Health, Social Protection, Elders, Gender and Children said in a meeting with journalists here .
He said that each of the ten districts will have a modern hospital and a hospital in all five regions in addition to building a new hospital in the Lumumba region in Zanzibar City.
The minister added that the Mnazi Mmoja Referral Hospital in Stone Town and Abdalla-Mzee Hospital in Mkoani, in southern Pemba, will also undergo major renovations.
“Since the funds are available, we don’t need to waste any time. Construction is expected to start next month. More than 69 billion euros have been allocated to the huge health facility improvement project that will bring Zanzibar to another level of advanced medical services, ”Mazrui said. .
He said modern ambulances, MRIs, CT scans, x-rays, intensive care, ultrasound, blood bank, dental treatment equipment, drug supply vehicles / equipment, services modern maternal and pediatric, e-health, “ear, nose and throat (ENT wards and theaters, among other medical equipment, are destined for major improvement.
Various ministry officials and the World Health Organization (WHO) liaison officer were in attendance when the minister said residents of Zanzibar should expect a dramatic improvement in the health sector in the near future. under the leadership of President Hussein Ali Mwinyi, as he thanked the IMF and Union President Samia Suluhu Hassan for supporting the IMF loan to Zanzibar.
“The previous government of retired President Ali Mohamed Shein had similar plans to improve the health system in Zanzibar, but it is unfortunate that the fundraising for the project was unsuccessful. But now we are lucky. to have the IMF package, ”Mazrui said. noted.
Speaking about the current shortage of medical personnel in the islands and the sustainability of funding for hospital management, he said WHO is currently supporting a study to determine the medical personnel required so that the gap can be closed by hiring. and training for health facilities to function effectively.
He said plans are underway to introduce health insurance early next year, “This should be one of the revenue streams to run health services in the country with a growing population. We will also reflect to other sources of revenue to help the sustainability of standard medical services in urban and rural areas, an initiative that will also bring Zanzibar closer to medical tourism. ”