Fresh bid to decongest reports rubbished referral hospitals

THE Prime Minister, Mr Kassim Majaliwa, has directed District Executive Directors (DEDs) countrywide to embark on the construction of district hospitals in their respective areas to check overcrowdings of patients currently faced at major referral hospitals.

The Premier made the directive at the Mount Meru Regional Hospital here yesterday during his ongoing tour of the region, stressing that it was high time congestions at referral and other hospitals was addressed.

In another development, Mr Majaliwa has instructed Arusha Regional Medical Officer (RMO), Dr Frida Mokiti, to make changes of management at Levolosi Health Centre, following complaints from patients on poor services at the health facility, particularly to expectant mothers.

“We don’t need health practitioners who are nuisance to patients; RMO make sure you address complaints raised by patients at Levolosi Health Centre. “I also direct you to make improvements of facilities at Mount Meru Hospital; this should include toilets in the maternity ward and an area for washing eating utensils,” he instructed.

During an earlier visit at Levolosi, the PM was told by a patient who identified herself as Glory Paul, a resident of Olasiti here that her baby died in the womb due to poor services she received from health practitioners at the facility.

“When I was attending clinic doctors told me I would have to undergo surgery when giving birth and when the time for delivery came I informed nurses of the same but they refused and insisted that I undergo the normal procedure.

“As they were subjecting me to normal procedure they later informed me that the baby had died in the womb and that they would have to operate me to remove the foetus to save my life,” she lamented.

The Executive Director of Arusha, Mr Athumani Kihamia, informed the PM that he had previously taken disciplinary actions against practitioners at the facility and vowed to take further action.

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