Minister of Health, Peter Kumpalume, has hailed management of Mwanza District Hospital and the district council for working hand in hand towards the implementation of efforts to reduce drug shortage at the district hospital.
Kumpalume said this on Monday when he officially opened a day-long seminar on the July 2011-June 2016 Strategic Plan organised by Mwanza District Hospital aimed at reducing the hospital’s operation costs among others.
The seminar was attended by representative of various non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the area oh health such as Medicines Sans Frontier (MSF) National Aids Commission (Nac), Save the Children among other organisations.
Kumpalume said the initiative shows how serious Mwanza DHO and other partners are to ensure transparency and accountability in the delivery of health services in the district.
“The management of the Ministry of Health is here witnessing what you are doing and it is not easy for any district hospital or district council to organise this initiative, because in normal circumstances there has been outcry from doctors about the shortage of drugs because of mismanagement of resources provided for their initiatives in health. This means that you will know how to reduce the financial expenditure,’ said Kumpalume.
Mwanza District Health Officer, Raphael Piringu, said since 2011 to 2016, their expenditure has tremendously reduced because there is cooperation between the office of the Director of Planning Department (DPD) and the entire district council.
Piringu said with the cooperation of some NGOs in the district, they are in the process of preparing for 2016-2021 strategic plan after being satisfied with the 2011-2016 that has been successful.
He, therefore, thanked some partners who have been assisting them in service delivery and other essential things towards the running of the hospital.
“You know since the Cashgate scandal, some partners pulled out, but we are thankful to others who remained with us, without these partners, we would not have been where we are now,” Piringu said.
District Commissioner (DC) Jack Nguluwe said their ambition is to assist the government to have enough drugs in the district hospitals so that patients are treated satisfactorily.
“We shall continue working together to make sure that drugs are available in hospitals through transparency and accountability,” Nguluwe said.
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