Programme for 100% Medicines Availability Launched in Tanzania

Essential medications accessibility is set to achieve 100% by March, one year from now, up from the present 80%, the Medical Stores Department (MSD) guaranteed, today.

The government’s medical supplier also hopes to grow income generation by 48%, from the current 244bn/ – to 360bn/ – in the following three years, through more sales of medications and medical equipment.

The affirmation came a few days back, when the MSD launched the new Medium Term Strategic Plan (MTSP) to be executed in three years up to 2020. Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly, and Children, Dr Mpoki Ulisubisya graced the occasion, in Dar es Salaam.

While introducing the agenda, MSD Acting Director for Finance and Planning, Mr Sako Mwakalobo said that the new plan was devised in a way that the MSD works in accordance with new changes brought by the Fifth Phase Government.

He said that the procedures were arranged in a way that by one year from now the nation will see each of the 135 basic medicines being accessible by 100%. However, Dr Ulisubisya challenged them, needing them to accomplish 100% medicine availability by next March, the challenge which the administration acknowledged and guaranteed him that it was realizable.

“We have to ensure stock availability at the headquarters and zones,” he expressed. With the help of technological headway, the MSD aims to eliminate paperwork sort of working; rather, it intends to digitize its functions in the following three years.

“These are objectives we are committed to achieve in the next three years,” he guaranteed the meeting involving MSD zonal managers, department heads and key partners.

Mr Mwakalobo clarified that the determinants behind creating the documents were, among others, embracing those new changes, work on government’s priorities and scale up technology utilization.

Tanzania Aims for Nation-Wide Cervical Cancer Screening

Every public health centre in Tanzania will start giving initial cervical cancer treatment one year from now in an endeavor to battle the destructive ailment, the government announced few days back.

Plans are also at a propelled stage to initiate immunization and vaccination of young girls in the 9-13 years age range against the sickness from next April.

Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children Minister Ummy Mwalimu has approached parents by asking not to delay taking their kids for the vaccination.

She remarked, “We hope that by vaccinating them at this age, we will reduce the cervical cancer cases…and, I will demonstrate this by bringing my own daughter for vaccination.”

She was talking at the receipt of materials for cervical cancer preventive action and supplies, given the support from JHPIEGO International association in association with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) under the Maternal Child Survival Program (MCSP) to enhance the Tanzanian cervical cancer services.

Ms Mwalimu added, “My aim is to have each public health centre providing initial treatment of the cervical cancer by December 2018”, implying that the objective is to screen three million ladies.

There are presently 524 health centres by the government, with just 265 of them offering such services. These centres are at level two, after dispensaries, in grading and reviewing public health facilities.

She believes that it is bad that a woman goes to the clinic for maternal and child healthcare yet neglects to avail the cervical cancer screening facilities and primary treatment.

Speaking about the accomplishment up until now, the minister clarified that the government has scaled up screening and primary treatment administrations. She mentioned, “In the past one year, over 100 new centres were established for screening and provision of initial therapy.”

In every 100 patients arriving at Ocean Road Cancer Institute (ORCI), 34 of them experience the ill effects of cervical cancer and 12 suffer from breast cancer, as indicated by statistics.

To minimize deaths she stated that the reason as to why it was decided to emphasize more on cervical and breast cancer is because they account for approximately 50% of overall cancer cases.

Around 80% of patients report at ORCI, with the cancer at an advanced stage, prompting mediocre treatment outcomes and most of them succumbing to it.

Jhpiego Tanzania Country Director Jeremie Zoungrana stated, “So, far we have a low number of cervical cancer screening clinics, so there is need to scale up the screening services and improve the accessibility.”

Additionally, there is a need to keep up the standard of screening services, including data quality, he said. USAID noticed that cancer represents a crucial health danger worldwide and the rates of occurrences have escalated in many nations since 1980’s.

Proof demonstrates that cervical cancer remains a main source of cancer-related horror and mortality among ladies, with around 50% of cervical cancer related losses, around the world.

Chinese Medical Team Bids Farewell to Tanzanians after 2 Years

Following two years of their goal to serve rural and urban Tanzanians, the visiting 24th China Medical Team was bid goodbye recently in Dar es Salaam. The group accomplished serving more than 20,000 Tanzanians while additionally donating medication and equipment worth 125 million.

Ummy Mwalimu, the Tanzanian Health, Community Development, Gender, Children and Elderly Minister talked in support of the government amid the farewell party at the Chinese Embassy. She commended the team’s endeavors and dedication towards saving citizens’ lives. She passed on their appreciation and gratitude to China for its helps, which she admits has encouraged the change in Tanzania’s medical solutions.

The emotional minister was cited saying, “We know you left your families and homes to come and help your brothers and sisters. Thank you very much”. Tanzania has continued keeping an exceptional connection with the People’s Republic of China concerning the medical division since 1968 as the latter began sending doctors over.

As per Mwalimu, this relationship has focused on specialists and infrastructure support. The Chinese government helped Tanzania to develop the advanced Jakaya Kikwete Cardiac Institute (JKCI). She went on to say that this affiliation helped the Tanzanian government from sending patients outside the country. “I would like to express my sincere gratitude for the commendable services these doctors have been providing to the citizens who received their services,” she said.

Ms Wang Ke, the recently appointed Chinese Ambassador to Tanzania said the two countries have rejoiced in this kinship for a long while. She commented that since the first group of specialists was sent to Tanzania in the 1960s, more than 15 million Tanzanians got treatment from 1080 Chinese doctors. Maintaining the worldwide humanitarian soul for 50 years, the Chinese government has apportioned medical groups to Tanzania.

She further added, “The visit has played a significant role in sharing advanced medical experiences, providing medical equipment and medicine, improving the country’s health care capacity as well as consolidating friendship between the two countries”.

Comprising of 25 doctors, the 24th China medical group touched base in Tanzania in August 2015 and worked in rural and urban regions. The team amid their stay donated blood to Tanzania’s National Blood Bank and rushed to arrive in the Kagera locality after it endured an earthquake, to save casualties’ lives regardless of the outcome’s dangers.

Dr. Sun Long, a heart specialist was quoted saying, “The voluntary blood donation is good evidence of the deep friendship between the people of China and Tanzania”. He said he wished their stay in Tanzania could be longer and was not able to conceal his affection for the country. He discussed how during their two-year residency, they learnt important things, and exchanged advantageous experiences with local doctors, and applauded the government’s undertakings in augmenting and improving health services.

Dubai To Entice Medical Tourists From East Africa, China And Russia

Dubai To Entice Medical Tourists From East Africa, China And Russia

Dubai aims to attract Chinese, Russian, Ethiopian, Kenyan and Tanzanian medical tourists.

A team of the Dubai Health Authority and Dubai Medical Tourism Council is working with an international patient’s team and doctors from the Canadian Specialist Hospital on strategies to attract more patients into the city.

The International Medical Travel Journal reported that the Canadian Specialist Hospital in Dubai has an international patient centre and has been promoting medical tourism since 2006,

Hospitals, clinics, and medical tourism organisations have been requested to work better with the hospitality, tourism, and aviation industries globally and locally, particularly with international and local travel agents, hotels, and passenger airlines.

It was reported that in June 2016 medical tourism in Dubai yielded revenues of around AED1.42 billion (US $390 million) in 2016, up from AED1.40 billion in 2015.