By Azania Post Reporter
THE government has ordered the management of Vijibweni referral hospital in Kigamboni, Dar es Salaam to put a suggestion box that would enable patients to express their challenges so as improve services.
Deputy Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children Dr. Faustine Ndugulile, said today in Dar es Salaam after receiving hospital kits donated by JACANA Resources.
The company in collaboration with Strandline and partners donated 13 hospital beds, 14 matressess and drip water.
The deputy minister said the suggestion box would enable the hospital management to work on challenges raised by patients hence improve services.
“Health workers need to avoid corruption practice and the use abusive language to patients,” he said.
Dr. Ndugulile who is also a legislator for Kigamboni said his ministry would not hesitate to take stern measures against wrongdoers.
He said the government has set aside funds to construct an X –ray building this year, and that the hospital was upgraded to referral status last year.
According to him, the government has also set aside Sh400m for the construction of a new health center at Kimbiji area in Kigamboni district where Sh300m would be spent for equipment purchase.
For his part, Ahmed Merere, who is the JACANA Resources Community and Public relations Officer, said one of their keystone policies is to ensure there is improvement in communities they serve.
“Our specialisation is beach sands mining and production of zircon, rutile and ilmenite products”, he said.
However, he said his organisation had keen interest to support communities on matters such as jobs, career development, health and medicine , safe maternal care, education and community development such as women, youth projects as well as infrastructural initiatives.
He said this is the second time to visit the hospital after they did so in January donating six examination tables and five mattresses.
“I want to notify this gathering that the availing of the equipment is a joint effort with our partners in Australia including Australia Tanzania Society (ATS) and Western Australia Rafiki Foundation and Surgical mission,” he said.
JACANA resources is a mining company planning to develop a new industry to Tanzania and operate within Kigamboni district.