By Grace Kambaulaya
Exim Bank Tanzania has donated 40 beds and mattresses worth 20m/- to Mtwara Regional Hospital, in its ongoing year-long corporate social campaign aimed at celebrating 20 years of serving the Tanzanian community.
In an attempt to address the chronic bed capacity problem plaguing the nation, Exim Bank launched the campaign dubbed “20 years of taking care of the community” in August during the banks 20th anniversary.
In total, the bank is investing 200m/- into the Tanzanian health care by donating 500 mattresses and beds to public hospitals in 13 regions across the country.
Mtwara Regional Hospital in Mtwara is the third hospital to receive this donation, after Mnazi Mmoja Hospital in Zanzibar last month.
The event was held at the hospital grounds and was honored by the presence of the Regional Commissioner of Mtwara, Halima Dendego.
Speaking at the ceremony,Stanley Kafu, Exim Bank Marketing Head said, “This year Exim Bank has reached a significant milestone. We are celebrating two decades of innovation and commitment to our community.”
For years, Exim Bank has invested heavily in the health, environment and education sector in Tanzania. We are recognizant of the government’s commitment in improving the health care sector, therefore we have dedicated this entire year to invest in public hospitals across the country”.
Hospitals and clinics across the country suffer from chronic unavailability of medicine, medical supplies and beds, especially in public referral hospitals.
World Health Organization statistics indicate that Tanzania currently has about 7 beds per 10,000 people.
Currently, scenes of two or more expectant women in a bed or some even sleeping on the ﬂoor have become quite common in public hospitals.
The Regional Commissioner of Mtwara, Halima Dendego commended Exim Bank Tanzania for its commitment in addressing the chronic bed capacity plaguing the nation and for bringing its efforts to the Mtwara regional hospital.
Mtwara Hospital Regional Medical Officer said, “Shortages of beds is one of the biggest challenges we faced by hospitals. The donation of 40 beds and mattresses from Exim Bank will go a long way in addressing this issue”.
As part of the year long donation project “20 years of caring for the community”, Exim Bank will donate 500 beds and mattresses to hospitals in Mbeya, Arusha, Mwanza, Morogoro, Tanga, Dodoma, Kigoma, Kiliamanjaro, Shinyanga, Mtwara, Pemba and Unguja.
The bank, which was recognized as Tanzania’s Best Retail Bank by Banker Africa East Africa 2017, is celebrating 20 years of success, growth and pioneering into new markets across the continent.
Exim Bank (Tanzania) Limited was established in 1997 and expanded its market by opening subsidiaries in Comoros (2007), Djibouti (2010) and Uganda (2016).
The bank holds pride in being the first local bank to go offshore. Its core objective is to create investment value to its shareholders and achieve growth through delivery of differentiated and customized services.
Last year Exim Bank posted a pre-tax profit of Sh 83.3 billion making it the 4th biggest bank in terms of assets in Tanzania.
Within a short span of 20 years of its existence, the bank has built a strong brand through its geographical reach, innovative products, relationship management and its ability to provide a faster turnaround in services.