DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzanian President John Magufuli on Saturday inaugurated a 94.5-million-U.S.-dollar Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) teaching hospital on the outskirts of the commercial capital Dar es Salaam.
Magufuli challenged the Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF) to invest in the construction of pharmaceutical industries, saying the government was using billions of shillings to import drugs.
Magufuli said the country was currently facing a shortage of drugs, forcing the government to use taxpayers' money to import them.
"I am appealing to the business people to invest in the construction of pharmaceuticals where the market is huge and reliable," said the president.
Magufuli said the most important thing for the drugs' manufacturers in the country to take into consideration was the production of drugs that meet the required standards by relevant authorities like the World Health Organization.
The hospital has nine floors with the capacity of admitting more than 500 patients.
The MUHAS acting vice chancellor, Appolinary Kamuhabwa, said the new health facility will have modern equipment and medical specialists to help reduce the congestion of patients at the Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH).
Kamuhabwa said the health facility would also reduce the number of patients to be referred to overseas hospitals.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK