THE ruling party, Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM), has pledged to build a health centre at Irugwa Ward in Ukerewe District to bring the crucial service closer to the people.
Previously, the residents of Ukerewe Island had to travel for very long distance in search of health services.
CCM Central Committee (CC) Member, Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa made the pledge on Friday during a campaign rally held in the lake zone island.
According to the PM, the plan goes hand in hand with the CCM election manifesto of 2020-2025, particularly identified in page 186 of the document, which states that ‘Up to 2025, the government will have increased health services by 20 per cent, accounting for the existing 8,446 health centres’.
“Several priorities will be established in relation to the way the health facility buildings will be built, by considering some aspects, such as geographical, population and the number of patients,” said Mr Majaliwa.
The Premier disclosed that a sum of 49.2m/- has been released to cater for the construction of a single maternity building at Irugwa Dispensary.
With regard to water, the PM observed that the CCM manifesto has highlighted solid plans in dealing with water accessibility in the villages, which is part of many plans being highlighted by President John Magufuli to relieve women from the problem.
“As per page 83 to page 84 of the party’s manifesto, it has been highlighted that the government will finalise the construction of four new ferries."
Likewise, the government has been directed to construct docking areas at Rugezi – Kisorya (Mwanza), Kome and Nyakalilo (Mwanza), Utete (Pwani), Chato - Nkome (Geita), Iramba and Majita (Mwanza), Irugwa (Ukerewe – Mwanza). CCM candidate for Ukerewe Constituency, Mr Joseph Mkundi admitted that the anticipated ferry in Irugwa will be like a saviour to people of the area, whose children have never come across a car within the island.
Meanwhile, Minister Majaliwa pledged to purchase a ferry for Gana islet residents, in Ilangala Ward of Ukerewe District if his party wins the forthcoming general election.
Addressing the residents during in campaign trail yesterday, the PM said the ferry will provide services between Kakuru and Gana Wards.
“More than 3,000 residents in this area need an enhanced ferry that will provide them with opportunities to engage in fishing and trade activities to earn a living. This decision is the implementation of the 303-page CCM election manifesto for the year 2020-2025,” he said.
He said the CCM manifesto had instructed the next government to implement several strategic projects, including improving water transport to alleviate the suffering of the people living in the archipelago.
Mr Majaliwa said the party will continue to implement its manifesto by improving public services in all islands in the country, including Ukerewe district in Mwanza region which has with 38 islands.