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President John Magufuli has guaranteed Government’s commitment to have adequate funds for procurement of medicine and for construction of health facilities to cater for the ever-increasing demand in the country.

President Magufuli said in Dar es Salaam recently that to walk the talk, the Government had recently increased the budget for procurement of drugs from TZS 31 billion to TZS 270 billion and had spent some TZS 293.705 billion for construction of health facilities in the past four years.

“The Government is committed to improving health services by ensuring availability of drugs and expediting construction of hospitals, dispensaries and health centres across the country,” said Dr. Magufuli when addressing members of the Medical Association of Tanzania (MAT) meeting held in Dar es Salaam.

He said in the past four years, the Government had overseen construction of 368 new dispensaries, bringing their total number in the country to 6,467; constructed hospitals and health centres whereby the former with district status increased from 77 to 147 and the latter from 718 to 1,169.

He added that during the same period, 23 regional referral hospitals had been renovated at a cost of TZS 89.5 billion while Mloganzila Hospital in Dar es Salaam and Benjamin Mkapa Hospital in Dodoma have been commissioned and TZS 102.9 billion had been spent on medical supplies.

Furthermore, the President said the Government had spent TZS 58 billion for construction of referral hospitals for Geita, Katavi, Njombe, Simiyu and Songwe regions while construction for referral hospitals in Musoma, Mtwara, Mwananyamala in Dar es Salaam and Sekou Toure in Mwanza, was in progress.

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