ZANZIBAR: ZANZIBAR’s Second Vice-President Hemed Suleiman Abdullah has inaugurated the health centre that was constructed by the Tanzania Social Action Fund (TASAF) at a cost of 360.8m/- in Uzi Shehia, Unguja South Region.
The completion of the facility guarantees better accessibility to healthcare services for over 3,800 residents of Uzi and Ng’ambwa shehias, who previously had to travel long distances in search of better medical care.
The official launch of this health centre is part of a series of activities being conducted ahead of the celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the Zanzibar Revolution, which will culminate on January 12, 2024.
Speaking shortly after officiating the facility, Mr Abdullah commended TASAF for the construction of the modern building, which will provide multiple services for residents of the two shehias, ultimately improving health services on the island.
He also urged residents of Uzi and Ng’ambwa Shehias to make better use of the newly launched facility to ensure its longevity for their own benefit.
“TASAF has done a great job throughout the construction of this facility. It is our responsibility to take good care of it for the greater interest of our communities here,” he said.
Zanzibar Minister for Health Nassor Mazrui and the Minister of State for the Second Vice-President’s Office, Policy, Coordination and Zanzibar House of Representatives Hamza Hassan Juma also expressed their satisfaction with the completion of the facility, as it will increase the number of people who can access services in their areas.
Earlier, TASAF Acting Executive Director Shedrack Mziray expressed appreciation for the Zanzibar government’s continuous cooperation in implementing the Productive Social Safety Net (PSSN) programme on the island.
“TASAF appreciates the cooperation from the government of Zanzibar, which has resulted in the effective implementation of several projects here. We will continue working to uplift the well-being of poor households and support the provision of social services,” he said.
He also commended residents of Uzi and Ng’ambwa Shehias for their participation in the construction of the facility, which began in September 2022.