Exim Bank Tanzania has donated 40 beds and mattresses to the Sekou Toure Government Hospital here as part of its initiative to curb the shortage of medicine and medical supplies and facilities such as beds, particularly in public referral hospitals in the country.
The corporate social responsibility campaign, dubbed ’20 years of taking care of the community”, which was launched in August last year during the banks 20th anniversary, has invested heavily into Tanzanian health care, especially when in improving healthcare for women.
To address the shortages, which are plaguing the nation, the bank, with an unmatched international presence, has embarked on a countrywide initiative to donate 500 beds and mattress to maternity wards at public hospitals in 13 regions.
It is part of a year-long corporate social campaign aimed at celebrating 20 years of serving the Tanzanian community
The hospital is the tenth hospital to receive such donation; after Morogoro Regional Referral Hospital in Morogoro last month, Mwananyamala Regional Referral Hospital in Dar es Salaam in March, Bombo Referral Hospital in Tanga in February.
Others are Mbeya Zonal Referral hospital in Mbeya in January, Mount Meru Regional Hospital in Arusha in December, Dodoma Referral Hospital in November, Ligula Hospital in Mtwara in October, Mnazi Mmoja Hospital in Zanzibar in September and Temeke Referral Hospital in Dar es Salaam in August last year.
The event was held at the maternity ward on the hospital grounds and was honored by the presence of the Regional Commissioner of Mwanza, Mr. John Mongella.
Mr. John Mongella commended Exim Bank Tanzania for its support, urging institutions to emulate the Exim’s gesture of helping to improve the healthcare system in the country.
“Bed shortage is one of the biggest challenges faced by hospitals. The donation of 40 beds and mattresses from Exim BAnk will go a long way in addressing this issue,” remarked the RC.
Exim Bank’s HEad of Human Resources, Frederick Sanga, said they have always recognized the important role played by the communities surrounding their areas of business and that is why CSR was a very important wing at the financial institution.