By Azania Post Reporter
THE government has asked all district executive directors in Tanzania to supervise closely construction of more than 200 health centers at their respective areas that would enable to increase provision of efficiency services.
Speaking to the members of Media , the Minister in the President's Office (Regional Administrations and Local Government), Seleman Jaffo, said already construction of 46 health centers have been completed in the first phase.
“We want to construct and renovate about 200 health centers countrywide during the second phase, I ask all DEDs to follow closely on its development,” he added.
Minister Jaffo said all the centers must be completed according to the time frame, since already government has disbursed shillings 59 billion for the work.
He said the government intends to see all the rehabilitated or constructed health centers have capacity to provide emergency services and operation to pregnant women.
According to Jaffo, the government will continue to work closely with Local Authorities including injecting more funds to their health budgets so that the challenges can be solved.
However experts have been recommending the government to work on various challenges facing the health sector.
They suggest hospitals to establish buffer stocks levels which when reached managers should start ordering the items about to run out.
The remaining stock (the buffer stock) should be such that it can last to cover two to three months as the institution awaits new stocks.
So ordering should be done as soon as stock levels reach the buffer levels. This means that hospitals would keep operating for a while should there be problems at the MSD.
They say the Ministry of Health and the councils should carry out a thorough beds needs assesment for each of the hospitals and where appropriate, increase the number of beds and or wards in the hospitals with high bed occupancy rates.
This will help to cut down possibilities (or numbers) of patients sleeping on the fl oor or being turned away due to lack of beds and mattresses in hospitals.