Tanzania: MNH Nods to Ministry’s Food Delivery Suspension Order

Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) has positively welcomed the directive by the Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elders and Children, Ms Ummy Mwalimu, to suspend the provision of food at the hospital.

However, MNH public relations officer Aminiel Aligaesha insisted that the hospital had followed all appropriate procedures on the decision to offer food at the facility.

In an interview with the 'Daily News' Mr Aligaesha pointed out that the hospital had gone through proper procurement procedures including tender announcements, issuance and receiving of tender documents."

The hospital is positive with the Minister's directives to go through the programme and we have started working on them. We will get back to her any time this week," explained the PRO.

On Saturday, the minister had instructed the hospital's administration to postpone the implementation of the food service and work on issues raised by the public to make it helpful to all people.

Minister Mwalimu had said that she received many complaints from members of the public regarding the service - most of them expressing dissatisfaction.

Meanwhile, MNH has received medical equipment worth 23m/- from Geita Gold Mining Limited (GGM) which is intended to improve service delivery at the hospital's paediatric unit.

The equipment include blood pressure machines (10), infusion pumps (2), thermometers (110), standing weighing scales (6), lying down weighing scale (6), nebulizers (3) and 10 pulse ox-meters.

Source: Tanzania Daily News