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Idowu Olabode

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Recent physical attacks on hospital workers are mostly blamed on poor service delivery especially the shortage of drugs and equipment for treating patients.

Nurses say they usually attend to patients who are brought in for treatment at the health facilities first and relatives who accompany them. "We have become scapegoats whenever something goes wrong," lamented Ms Rose Materu, a nurse at Huruma Hospital in Rombo District.

She said many hospitals often do not get supplies from the Medical Supplies Department (MSD) in good time, making it difficult to serve patients.

The nurse appealed to the government to solve the problem as well as the shortage of trained medical personnel.

MSD, has a near monopoly on the national medical supply chain for Tanzania's public facilities, which account for 60 per cent of all health facilities nationwide.

The medicines and supplies used in those public facilities are purchased with government funding that is deposited directly into MSD accounts, which then procures drugs through the Public Procurement Act of 2004.

There are approximately 5,000 health facilities in Tanzania divided under nine MSD zones in approximately 131 districts. The purchasing power and national reach of MSD makes it a desired partner for non-government entities.

Funding for MSD for the purchase of medicines has increased significantly over the last decade, for essential medicines used in primary health care and medicines to treat specific diseases, such as HIV/Aids.

Source : The Citizen


 
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