Tanzania: Ministry hands over Covid-19 equipment to 17 regions

The MINISTRY of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children handed over Covid-19 medical supplies worth $ 57 million / – to 12 regions on the continent and five in Zanzibar for use by health care providers when delivering vitamin A to children across the country.

Medical equipment donated by the Tanzania Food and Nutrition Center (TFNC) through Nutrition International (NI) was handed over to representatives of the President’s Office, Regional Administration and Local Government (PO-RALG) and the office of the Vice-President (Union Affairs and Environment).

Speaking at the handover ceremony, Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Aifello Sichalwe said the equipment included 6,000 boxes of masks and 6,000 liters of disinfectant, which will help primary health workers line and community health workers (CHWs) to protect themselves from the pandemic.

He said that due to the prevalence of the Covid-19 pandemic, the government continues to provide medical equipment to enable health workers to effectively carry out their responsibilities, including the delivery of vitamin A drops to within the framework of the campaign entitled “Monthly child health and nutrition service”.

Dr Sichalwe mentioned the regions where the equipment has started to be distributed, including Dodoma, Geita, Kagera, Morogoro, Katavi, Mwanza, Kilimanjaro, Shinyanga, Simiyu, Singida, Tabora and Tanga as well as the five regions of Zanzibar.

“These regions were selected because of their poor performance in delivering Health Nutrition Month services. With this support, it will help boost the level of distribution of vitamin A drops to more children, ”said Dr Sichalwe.

Receiving the equipment on behalf of the President’s Office Health Services Director (PO-RALG), Dr Mwanahamisi Hassan said the equipment will help provide quality health care to the general population while combating the Covid pandemic -19.

TFNC Acting Director Dr Ray Masumo commended the Government of Canada through Nutrition International (NI) for its continued support to the Government of Tanzania in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic and other nutritional challenges .

She added that the equipment will help health care providers who are on the front lines to deliver health services, including the implementation of the Child Health Nutrition Month campaign, as the he current goal is to ensure that by 2025 all children in the country have access to vitamin A drops through healthcare. centers.

For his part, Nutrition International (NI) Country Director Dr Daniel Nyagawa said they have decided to provide equipment to the government in support of various efforts in the fight against Covid-19 and that they will continue to cooperate in other interventions, in particular in the field of food.

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