The Benjamin Mkapa Foundation (BMF) has handed over medical equipment valued at US $ 62,582 equivalent to approximately over TZS138 Million to operating theaters of Kirando Health Centre and Mwimbi Health Centre in Nkasi and Kalambo Districts respectively in Rukwa region.
The handing over ceremony for the project of installing the medical equipment for the operating theaters at both heath facilities was witnessed by The Deputy Head of Mission of Japan in Tanzania, Ambassador Takeda Katshutoshi who cut the ribbon to officiate the occasion.
The colorful events took place separately on November 11 and 12 this year first at Mwimbi health facility in Kalambo District and then at Kirando health facility along the shoreline of Lake Tanganyika in Nkasi District.
“It is always a privilege to witness yet another contribution made from the people of Japan to the people of Tanzania “Said the Ambassador.
He further noted that on February 18, this year, a grant contract was signed between the Government of Japan and BMF of which the former extended US $ 62,582 by that time, equivalent to over TZS138 Million for the purpose of installation of medical equipment to enable emergency surgeries at the duo health facilities.
On her part the BMF Program Manager – Service Delivery, Dr Adeline Saguti Nyamwihura, said the installation of medical equipment will improve Comprehensive Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (CEmONC) at both health facilities.
She named the medical equipment supported by Japan’s Embassy being universal anesthesia machine, autoclave, theatre table, oxygen concentrator, suction machine and operation lamp each to both health facilities.
“The uniqueness of the Universal Anaesthesia Machine – UAMis that it’sthe first internationally-certified anaesthesia machine that can generate its own medical oxygen and deliver anaesthesia without electricity.UAM has a built-in oxygen concentrator that produces its own oxygen in addition to providing standard connectors for cylinder, pipeline and portable oxygen” she added.
Earlier, the Kalambo District Commissioner (DC) Ms. Juliet Binyura said over TZS10Millionhas been allocated so far for preventive maintenance for the installed medical equipment at Mwimbi health facility.