By Azania Post Reporter
PRESIDENT John Pombe Magufuli has donated Sh10million to Hoza village at Komkonga ward in Handeni district, Tanga region for the purchase of medical laboratory facilities for the dispensary.
Handing over the donation on behalf of the President, Tanga regional commissioner Martine Shigella said the president has fulfilled his pledge to Hoza villagers at Komkonga ward provided August 3rd last year while was on the way to Tanga for 5 - day official visit.
He said the villagers stopped his motorcade and showed him placards written different messages of the health challenges facing them.
Shigella said the president has fulfilled his promise.
The villagers told the president that they were facing health problems especially malaria, UTI, and general lack of medical facilities at their dispensary calling for the support of such equipment.
"The president promised to disburse 10 million shillings to Komkonga village aimed at improving health services after villagers told him while he was on the way to Tanga to lay a foundation stone for Hoima- Tanga crude oil pipeline,” he said.
He further explained that the money found is meant for purchase of modern medical laboratory equipment for screening and detecting different infections into the village dispensary purposely to minimize the distance of walking far in search of treatment.
He also thanked Handeni district council in collaboration with the village local government in the construction of modern laboratory building within dispensary premises and argued them if necessary to contribute into health services whenever needed.
For his part, the Handeni District medical officer ( DMO)Dr. Credianus Mgimba confirmed to have received the money from Tanga regional commissioner's office and deposited it into the dispensary bank account and that have been used to purchase the equipment from medical store department ( MSD).
He mentioned the equipment as microscope, typhoid sampling test machine, urinalysis sampling machine, diabetic testing machine and hemoglobin detecting machine, which they purchased from ministry of health, Community development, Gender, Elderly and Children.
He elaborated that all equipment costs Sh5, 296,300 and Sh4, 730,070 purchased spares.
Handeni district council executive director William Mafukwe said the construction of laboratory building began as soon as after the money disbursed to the village dispensary account and services will be starting provided at any time within this week and at least 15,000 people are expected to be benefited with the service.
The Handeni district commissioner Godwin Gondwe thanked the President for fulfilling his promise saying the service that will be provided at the dispensary will not only serve Komkonga villagers alone but also neighbouring villages .
“This will minimize congestion of patient at Mkata health centre and Handeni district hospital,” he said.