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AKDN hands Sh1.5bn health equipment to Mwanza region

Wednesday December 23 2020
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Aga Khan Health Services regional CEO Sulaiman Shahabuddin (middle) hands over a Suction Machine to Mwanza regional administrative secretary Emmanuel Tutuba, which is among the medical equipment procured by the Aga Khan Development Network that will serve in Improving Access to Reproductive Maternal and Newborn Health (Impact) project in Mwanza Region. The equipment costs Sh1.5 billion. PHOTO | MGONGO KAITIRA

Mwanza. The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) yesterday handed over medical equipment and furniture worth Sh1.5 billion that would improve provision of maternal and newborn health service and reduce morbidity and mortality in Mwanza Region. Aga Khan Health Services regional chief executive officer Sulaiman Shahabuddin said the equipment handed will be fixed into 28 buildings which were built to different health centres within the region.

The donation boosts the Access to Reproductive, Maternal and Newborn Health in Mwanza project (Impact).

“Impact project through Global Affairs Canada (GAC) have constructed 28 buildings of which 8 are theatres and operating theatres. So, in order to ensure that they are working effectively, we have to bring equipment which will be fixed in the facilities to ensure that they are fully functional,” said Mr Shahabuddin.

“We have expanded Mwanza Medical Centre from primary medical centre to a district hospital as our newest facility aiming to bridge the gaps in health system in Mwanza region and make health services more accessible, available and affordable to people in all areas,” he added.

Mr Shahabuddin mentioned the equipment as 12 operation lights, 12 operation beds, eight patient monitors and nine oxygen concentrators.

Others are 12 suction machines, 9 phototherapy with baby warner, 8 neonatal incubators, 12 C-section kits, 4 blood bank refrigerators, 10 water barth, 100 patient beds with mattresses, 62 tables, 185 chairs and 58 benches.

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The Mwanza Regional Medical Officer Thomas Rutachuzibwa commended the efforts done by AKDN saying that through the Impact project, maternal and newborn deaths reduced although he did not quantify.

“Through Impact project in Mwanza region, we have managed to reduce the number of deaths which were due to inadequate health services. I can declare that the health services in Mwanza region are now improving compared to earlier,” said Mr Rutachuzibwa.

Speaking after receiving the equipment, the Mwanza Regional Administrative Secretary Emmanuel Tutuba said Mwanza health services need to be improved considering the region’s population estimated at 3.8 million people.

He added that the equipment will help to improve not only lives of Lake Zone people but also people from East African countries who are migrating to the region.

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By Mgongo Kaitira @TheCitizenTZ

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