A total of US$3.9 million is needed to complete the third phase of the Muhimbili Orthopaedic Institute (MOI).
The Muhimbili Orthopaedic Institute acting director general, Dr Othman Kiloloma, said yesterday that the institute had appointed a team to evaluate and come up with the exact figure which would be needed to implement the project.
He made the remarks when the Minister of Health, Community Development, Gender, Children and the Elderly, Ms Ummy Mwalimu, met with MOI employees.
“We are currently looking for money for the implementation of MOI Phase III, which includes construction of a patients’ wing,” Dr Kiloloma said.
He added that MOI was currently overwhelmed by patients flocking to the centre for treatment, hence the need for a new building at the institute.
Responding, Ms Mwalimu promised the institute’s management that the government would do all in its power to raise funds for the successful implementation of the project.
She said the government’s intention was to make sure that hospitals in the country offered quality services in order to reduce the number of people going abroad for treatment.
Ms Mwalimu asked the Muhimbili Orthopaedic Institute board of directors to come up with recommendations on how various challenges encountered at the institute could be addressed.
She issued the directive when responding to questions by employees. Some workers asked the government to help them secure loans from banks.
Ms Mwalimu added that the ministry did not restrict workers’ trips abroad, saying employees in the health sector needed to get experience and exposure.
“When it comes to heath workers travelling abroad, there are no restrictions because such trips are crucial for the sector. It is in the country’s best interest to have professionals with great exposure. Workers can travel as long as there are sufficient grounds for their doing so.” The deputy permanent secretary in the ministry, Mr Michael John, said workers employed from May 2004 were required to produce their Form Four certificates for verification.
“Those who will not heed the directive risk being sacked…this is serious,” he said.
MOI is an autonomous institute established under ACT. No 7 of 1996 with the main objective of providing primary, secondary and tertiary care of preventive and curative health services in the field of orthopaedics, traumatology and neurosurgery, as well as being role model for efficient hospital management in Tanzania.
The institute is also involve in human resources development and also carries out research in these fields with a view to developing cheaper ways of treating patients.
The institute currently has a bed capacity of 150.
With the completion of the new MOI building, which is part of the third phase project, the institute will have the capacity of more than 380 beds.
The project also includes the installation of MRI, CT-SCAN and introduction of telemedicine services.