Dar es Salaam. The Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) has saved about Sh1.3 billion after carrying out cochlea implant procedures on 21 children.
The government would have incurred about Sh2.1 billion to treat the children abroad where it costs around ShSh100 million per child.
A cochlea implant is a surgically implanted device that provides a sense of sound to a person with severe to profound hearing loss.
MNH ear, nose and throat surgeon, Dr Edwin Liyombo said yesterday that 10 children were implanted with cochlea by local specialists in collaboration with Prof Lobna Shash of the Ain Shams University in Egypt.
Dr Liyombo told journalists that a total of 21 children have benefited from the service since June, 2018.
“Tanzania is the first country in Africa to offer such a service in public hospitals. In Kenya, the service is offered by private hospitals at $31,000 per child; which is equivalent to over Sh70 million,” he said.
Details show that only Sh777 million has been spent for the children.