He said the time is high that health staff need to assess themselves and plan on roles that can play to curb this Problem. The Minister has commended UNFPA for being strategic partner in reducing maternal mortality particularly in seeking solutions to three delays which contribute to maternal mortality including delays to reach appropriate health facility.
He also called upon the MOH staff to be responsible for taking care of ambulances offered and other medical equipment to ensure its sustainable use and the intended benefit to Zanzibari community.
“2 Ambulances and some equipment are part of the joint programme supported by Government of Canada implemented by UNFPA and UNICEF--a project dubbed “Afya bora ya mama na mtoto” others have been supported by UNFPA through different programmes”. According to Dr. Hashina Begum, Acting Country Representative, UNFPA Tanzania.
Procurement of ambulances and coordination Vehicles, and all medical equipment’s costed approx. USD 831,000 which is equivalent to TZS 1,8 Billion.
Dr. Hashina reaffirmed UNFPA commitment “Let me again reaffirm the UNFPA commitment to the government and the people of Tanzania in their national development efforts, particularly in the area of Reproductive and Maternal health- including young people’s SRH, promoting gender equality and generating data for decision making. Once again, thank you very much and working together we can accelerate the reduction of preventable maternal, new-born and child deaths in Zanzibar and Tanzania in general”.
Ambulances were earmarked to support referral services in Mnazi Mmoja Hospital, Makunduchi, North A and Mkoani district as requested. Also the two pick up vehicles are for coordination of RMNCAH services in Unguja and Pemba.
The medical equipment will be distributed in various health facilities particularly in the facilities refurbished by the Afya Bora Project, these includes Tumbatu Gomani, Fuoni, Seblen, Bogoa, Uwondwe and Junguni. Most of these facilities are located in rural areas.