By Azania Post Reporter
More than 1200 Kirando ward residents in Nkasi district, Rukwa region have showed up in a fundraising campaign to offer their work force in the launch of the construction of a Health Centre for the ward.
The Kirando ward, which is made of four villages of Mtakuja, Mpata, Kichangani and Kamwanda, showed up for digging and the construction of the health centre foundation in a bid to ensure the construction becomes complete in the planned time frame.
Reports said that the launch is aimed at expanding the Centre which serves people from more than four wards in Kirando division.
The citizens have come amass to support efforts of President John Magufuli of ensuring that health services are sent closer to the people in order to save their lives, especially of expectant mothers and children and other people in need.
“This centre will help reduce travelling distance of about 61 km from Kirando ward to Namanyere district hospital where people have been going for advanced health treatments,” said the Rukwa regional commissioner, Joachim Wangabo.
Wangabo said the fundraising campaign has been organized in order to support citizens and informing them that development does not come without cooperation between them and the government.
He said every person is moved by isues of health for child, elders, and youth.
“This government has decided to expand and improve all health centres in order to bring services closer to the people and reduce the distance travelled by patients to the district to seek such services,” said the RC.
One of the residents, Hamisa Heri thanked the president saying they have been suffering a lot to follow medical services to the district hospital.
She said they have been facing problems especially when it comes to services for expectant mothers, which is found at the district hospital only.
“It is a very long distance especially for a mother who wants to give birth. So, this centre here will help a lot. We really thank the government for this,” said Heri.
Another resident Deliza Mngumenya apart from thanking the government, doubted whether funds for hospital facilities will arrive on time so that mothers don’t continue to face the same problems.
“We are told that some of the medical equipment are not available. It would important if they are made available so that the services start being provided on time,” she said.
The expansion of the health centre will involve four building including child and maternal building, surgical building, laboratory, mortuary and their facilities which will cost the government Sh700million. According to the RC Sh300million out of the Sh700million will be spent for the purchase of facilities.