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Tanzania builds more Health Centres to address maternal, neonatal deaths

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Tanzania builds more Health Centres

In a bid to prevent maternal and neonatal deaths, the government in Coast Region is building more Health Centres, improving emergency medical services and training more medical professionals.

The revelation was made here recently by the Regional Reproductive and Child Health Coordinator, Ms. Joyce Gordon, said that Comprehensive Emergency Obstetric and Neonatal Care (CEMONC), as well as Basic Emergency Obstetric and Neonatal Care (BEMONC) services, would be given priority.

She pointed out that the idea was part of their closer monitoring and bringing medical services to the communities, which require building them more health facilities to achieve their goals.

“In 2015 the region had a total of 14 government Health Centres, and the number reached 25 by last year, which forms part of our concern in the region to bring health services closer to the people,” she added.

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Ms. Gordon pointed out that the government in collaboration with Korean Health Foundation has been building health centers in the six District Councils of Mafia, Rufiji, Kisarawe, Kibiti, Mafia, Kibaha Town, and Kibaha Rural as well as enabling them to conduct Caesarian operations to delivering mothers.

Examples of such health centers are Mwanarumango, Mbwera, and Mzenga in Kisarawe District as well as Muhoro and Nyaminywili in Rufiji District.

“Maternal theatres have been built in these Health Centres in the mentioned District Councils and necessary equipment has been placed in them.

The next step was to take two medical professionals from each District Council and undergo one year course on Anaesthesia at Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH),” she disclosed.

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