African unification key in honouring Mandela, envoys say

SEVERAL envoys representing their countries in Tanzania on Tuesday underscored the importance of African unification, as touted by former South African President, the late Nelson Mandela.

The message was conveyed at an event staged at Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH), in commemoration of Mandela.

They insisted on unity among Africa countries for the aim of maintaining peace as what the late Mandela stood for.

Speaking during the event that aimed to donate various items including food stuff and sanitaries to the Muhimbili Cancer Unit, the South African High Commissioner to Tanzania, Noluthando Mayende-Malepe said that they were honoured to conduct various activities at the hospital.

“Having time at the children’s centre somewhat took us down the memory lane, as Nelson Mandela used to love children. We have decided to come here and extend this donation at the Cancer Centre special for children so that we can bring new hope to them,” she said.

She said the aim of donating to the Cancer Centre was to restore hope to children with cancer and assist the hospital in providing the best health care.

MNH Executive Director Professor Mohamed Janabi thanked the envoys for extending their support.

“We are honoured to have you here…we are really pleased with your support that has come at the opportune time.

He also used the platform to promote medical tourism, saying MNH has modern equipment coupled with top professionals and experts capable of providing top quality treatment to patients from various corners of the continent.

“Instead of taking patients to Europe and America or Asia, you can bring them here…we have the ability to treat them at lower costs,” said Prof Janabi.

Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the cancer centre christened Tumaini La Maisha (TLM), Dr Trish Scanlan expressed her gratitude for the support.

“The support is bringing new hope for these children and their parents. By being at this unit, I have seen a lot of potential in these children and I know they will survive because there is plenty of support that they get,” said Dr Trish.

On his side, Ambassador of the Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic to Tanzania, Mr Mahyub Sidina hailed the MNH staff for efficiency, while asking his fellow ambassadors to keep supporting health services in the country.

He also insisted for the nations across the continent to continue honouring Mandela and ensure his legacy is kept alive.

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