Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Govt: Health centre at Sinza-Palestina will not be upgraded into district hospital
The Government has officially announced not to upgrade a famous health centre popularly known by many as Palestina which is located at Palestina area in Sinza suburb, Dar es Salaam city into the district hospital. The government’s announcement was made in the Parliament on Monday this week during question and answer session by the deputy minister of State in President’s Office who is responsible for Local Government and Regional Administration Josephat Kendege. The deputy minister was responding to the question which was earlier raised by Ubungo legislator Said Kubenea (Chadema) which was asked on his behalf by Rombo legislator Joseph Selasini (Chadema) who wanted to know when the government will upgrade the centre into a district hospital.
The minister said that, although the centre has strategically located in areas with higher population density with a number of specialized doctors, it still lacks many medical facilities and some important infrastructures needed in order to accommodate patients who are attended there. The minister outlined some other factors which have stood as a stumbling block into convincing the government to make it a district hospital such as lack of enough buildings for accommodation and for treatment. In view of this, however, the government has directed the district council authorities to look for the 20 hectares of land on which a new hospital should be built with full status of being a district hospital.