His Highness the Aga Khan, The founder and chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN), told President John Magufuli that his network will expand the Dar es Salaam Aga Khan hospital and build a university in Arusha.
His Highness the Aga Khan, said the expansion of the Dar es Salaam Aga Khan Hospital would see an increase in the number of beds from the current 72 to 172.
“We will also improve the oncology and cardiovascular departments at the hospital to be able to offer better and more treatments. This will go hand in hand with bolstering medical training,” His Highness the Aga Khan told President Magufuli.
He further said that the university to be built in Arusha, will train African leaders so as to improve their capacity to serve the continent better,”
President Magufuli praised and thanked His Highness the Aga Khan for the contribution of the AKDN in the socioeconomic development of Tanzania.
President Magufuli also said his government would be ready to offer assistance and cooperation to AKDN whenever asked.
“President Magufuli also requested His Highness the Aga Khan to consider investing in Tanzania’s new capital, Dodoma,” the statement from the State House read in part.
The statement added: “President Magufuli has also asked AKDN institutions, especially those offering health and education services, to find ways of reducing service fees so as to be more affordable and accessible to low-income earners.”
Speaking to reporters after the talks, His Highness the Aga Khan said he had also discussed with President Magufuli the role African media should play in pushing for the development of the continent.
“It has been a tradition, which has come from outside Africa, to use or develop political news as prime material for communication. That is really wrong. Media has a much wider role particularly in the developing world,” he said.
“We need professionalism in the field of media. We need people who can comment on medicine, economics, religion, politics, constitutionalism; all these issues,” he added.
Today His Highness the Aga Khan is expected to lead a religious ceremony at the Diamond Jubilee Hall that will be closed to the media.