TANZANIA has invited neighbouring countries to learn how specialised and super specialised services are provided through modern systems and technology.
Deputy Minister for Health Dr Godwin Mollel extended the invitation on Thursday when he toured Jakaya Kikwete Cardiac Institute in Dar es Salaam, accompanied by Malawi Deputy Health Minister Dr Enock Phale and his delegation who arrived in the country to learn how health services are provided in public and private hospitals in Tanzania.
Dr Mollel said Tanzania has made strides in provision of specialised and super specialised services with high standards, a situation that has prompted patients from neighbouring countries to seek medical services in Tanzania.
“Tanzania receives patients from about 25 countries in Africa… this means that our country has advanced in provision of specialised and super specialised services in treating various medical conditions… this is due to massive investment done by the government in the health sector,” he said.
Dr Mollel added that Tanzania has 85 per cent of local specialists who provide open heart surgery services while 15 per cent only are from outside the country. Foreign doctors continue to build capacity to local medical personnel.
For his part, Malawian Deputy Minister Dr Phale said they visited JKCI to see how it provides cardiac services so that they can learn and introduce such services in their country.
“The government of Malawi has been spending a lot of money to send patients to India for heart surgery… we have noted that these services are available in Tanzania, we have come to learn so that we can establish similar facilities in our country,” he said.
Dr Phale expressed gratitude to Health Minister Ummy Mwalimu for inviting them to come and learn from Tanzania.
The delegation was also scheduled to visit Amana Regional Referral Hospital, Bugando Hospital in Mwanza and Saifee Hospital.