ICAP donates 314m/- equipment, lauds Samia

PRESIDENT Dr Samia Suluhu Hassan has been praised for strengthening international relations and improving economic diplomacy, a move that has brought significant investment in the health sector and other development projects in the country.

Deputy Country Director of ICAP Tanzania, Dr John Kahemele praised the president during a handing over function of donating various equipment to health facilities worth 314m/-, in Mwanza Region for the implementation of Biometric Fingerprint scanners system.

Dr Kahemele praised the government under the leadership of President Samia for working tirelessly and leading the country well, emphasising that ICAP Tanzania has benefited by how her government works with various development partners, who have invested in the health sector.

Dr Kahemele said the donation of the state-of- the –art equipment was extended by ICAP Tanzania through technical support from the United States Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and ICAP at Columbia University with funding from the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

He said the donation consists of 222 biometric fingerprint scanners, 113 computers, 40 internet modems and 113 UPS systems to be distributed to various health facilities.

“These high-performance facilities will enable health care workers in Mwanza Region to manage electronic medical records and provide internet connectivity,” he explained.

He said that in addition to the equipment, the project has also provided training to 450 employees, who are going to use the equipment.

In the fight against HIV/AIDS in Mwanza Region, Dr Kahemele said they are implementing a five-year project for people living with HIV, which has now clocked two years of implementation.

He said from October last year up to now, ICAP Tanzania has tested a total of 253,000 people in the Mwanza Region for HIV/AIDS, where 13,000 people were found with new HIV infections.

“Until the end of June this year, there were a total of 130,000 patients who use ARV to reduce viral load suppression and eliminate new infections in Mwanza Region,” he said, adding that ICAP has also conducted male circumcision to 33,000 people from October last year up to the end of June this year.

He said ICAP Tanzania will work with the National Aids Control Programme (NACP) and the Regional Health Management team to provide comprehensive support to health care facilities during implementation of the biometric fingerprint scanner system.

For his part, the Associate Director of Programmes from CDC Tanzania, Dr George Mgomella said PEPFAR and NACP plan to implement biometric identification in over 1,400 health facilities by the end of fiscal year 2023.

He said those continued efforts will enhance the ability to ensure accurate information for decision making by managing duplicate HIV records, confirming lost to follow-up, and determining proportions of client retention and maintaining privacy and confidentiality of clients’ data.

Speaking on behalf of Mwanza Regional Commissioner, the Nyamagana District Commissioner, Amina Makiragi praised ICAP Tanzania for its support, saying it is a good example of the cooperation between the government of Tanzania through the Ministry of Health and the US government through PEPFAR.

She said in order to provide secure and efficient method for patient identification and ensuring their correct identity, the Ministry of Health through the National Aids Control Programme (NACP) created a modern biometric fingerprint system that will provide a secure and efficient method for patient identification, eliminating the need for traditional identification methods such as ID cards or paper-based records.

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