Morogoro Council gets a health centre through levies

MOROGORO Municipal Council is executing a major project for construction of a modern health centre in Lukobe Ward, which will benefit more than 35, 000 people in the ward and neighbouring wards.

The health centre is being constructed after the council received 500m/- collected by the government from levies.

This was revealed on Friday by the District Executive Director (DED) Mr Ally Machela when he inspected the progress of the project which is currently in final stages.

“The first phase construction of this project started on March 22, this year, after receiving 250m/- from the government,” DED said

Mr Machela added that during the first phase, the funds were used to construct an outpatient building (OPD), laboratory as well a waste incineration building.

In a course, he said during the second phase of the project, the government provided another 250m/- for the construction of other buildings including a laundry, maternity, operating theatre building as well as the corridors.

“So far in this second phase, we have spent at least 167m/- and the work is still ongoing according to work plan.” She added.

For his part, Chief Medical Officer of the Morogoro Municipality, Charles Mkombachepa said the modern health facility would not only serve the people living in Lukobe ward but also  other areas like Mkundi and Kihonda as well as the neighboring district of Mvomero.

Dr Mkombachepa further noted that such modern health facilities have 10 buildings including OPD, Maternity, laboratory, incineration building, laundry, operating theatre and others.

Morogoro Urban Member of Parliament, Mr Abdulaziz Abood is among those who visited to see the progress of the project and committed to supporting the health facility with two ambulances worth 172m/- to serve Lukombe and Tungi health centre.

Mr Abood further applauded the sixth phase government under President Samia Suluhu Hassan for its efforts of improving various economic and social services, particularly health to wananchi.

For her part,  Lukobe Ward Executive Officer, Mariam Rajabu implored Morogoro Urban Member of Parliament; Mr Abood to help them dig a borehole after the construction of the health centre is completed,

Julia Juma is among Lukobe ward residents who said the project would enable them get health services more closely unlike recently since they were required to travel for a long distance about 10 kilometres seeking the health services.

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