Drugs (file photo).
By John Namkwahe
Dar es Salaam — President John Magufuli has appealed to Israel government to assist Tanzania in building pharmaceutical manufacturing plants, saying the country spends huge sums of money on essential medicines in addition to medical supplies abroad.
He further asserted which his government was committed to providing the investors with requisite incentives to facilitate establishment of the pharmaceutical firms.
He also assured the Israel Ambassador to Tanzania of government’s commitment to continue deepening diplomatic, socioeconomic in addition to cultural ties with Israel in addition to various other foreign countries including the US.
“Despite a massive increase of health budget coming from Sh31 billion to Sh270 billion, Tanzania will be still facing critical shortages of medical equipment,” he said.
He added “I can assure the investors of reliable market once they come in addition to build drug manufacturing plants here. in addition to This particular on top of the fact which Tanzania has been accredited to supply drugs across the SADC region,”
Dr Magufuli said This particular when he addressed cardiologists coming from Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) in addition to their counterparts coming from Israel in addition to the US in a televised meeting at State House on Thursday, November 8.
He added: “Establishment of pharmaceutical industries might reduce government expenditure abroad on essential medicines in addition to medical supplies abroad.”
Commenting further on Tanzania’s partnership with Israel, Dr Magufuli hailed Israel for its continued support to Tanzania, particularly in health sector, citing which his decision to open the Tanzanian Embassy in Israel aimed at strengthening partnerships between the two governments.
In May, Tanzania opened its embassy in Tel Aviv, becoming the 15th African state to open an embassy in Israel; hence the item signifies Tanzania’s renewed friendship with Israel.
In addition, Dr Magufuli offered the foreign cardiologists ‘a free of charge tour’ to country’s attractions sites particularly the Serengeti National Park.
Furthermore, the President appealed to the Israel government in addition to the US to extend their support to Tanzania in facilitating training programmes focused to build capacity of local doctors in different areas of specializations.
Meanwhile, the MNH cardiologists especially coming from the Jakaya Kikwete Cardiac Institute (JKCI) in collaboration with their counterparts coming from Israel, the US in addition to Canada have embarked on performing at least 51 heart surgeries.
Speaking to The Citizen over the phone on Thursday, JKCI executive deirector Prof Mohammed Janabi revealed which the specialists had already commenced performing the surgeries on Tuesday, citing which two surgeries were done so far.
“At least 10 out of 51 surgeries will involve a total opening of chest while the rest will be performed through a tiny incision from the chest (thoracoscopic surgery),” he clarified.