By Emmanuel Onyango
Vice-President Samia Suluhu Hassan will be the guest of honour at the launch of a programme that aims to sensitise women to attend clinic from their early stages of their pregnancies.
Dubbed, “Jiongeze Tuwavushe” the programme is being championed in eight regions including Kigoma region which is lagging behind in maternal care clinical sensitisation.
Minister for health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children Ummy Mwalimu said today in parliament during question and answer session that the programme to be launched at an announced date targets rural women.
She was responding to a supplementary question raised by Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) legislature for Kasulu constituency Daniel Nsanzungwako who wanted to know why the government has isolated Kigoma region in healthcare services.
Responding, the minister said the region was recently among eight regions that benefited with the provisions of ambulance for patients.
The minister said to sensitise women in the region and ensure that the hospital benefit from the funds the government through the health ministry will provide Sh25,000 to health as an encouragement fee for sensitising pregnant women to attend clinics.
“Kigoma has been given priority and seen other regions,” the minister said.
Earlier, a Civic United Front (CUF) special seat legislator Kiza Mayeye asked on plans by the government to provide education to safe reproductive care in rural areas.
Responding, the deputy minister Dr. Faustine Ndugulile said plans are there to ensure women are educated on the importance of attending clinicsduring pregnancy.