Tanzania: State Eyes High Quality Services At BMH

Dodoma — Government’s efforts to bring specialised and super specialised services closer to the people is gathering momentum with Dodoma based Benjamin Mkapa Hospital (BMH) planning to establish a kidney transplant complex and cardiovascular and thoracic centres in this financial year.

BMH Chief Executive Officer, Alphonce Chandika said the kidney transplant complex will cater for all the kidney related services under one roof for increased efficiency.

Dr Chandika said the complex structure once will include a theatre room, laboratories, pharmacy, intensive care units (ICUs) , consultation and rooms for kidney donors and recipients among others.

“The government investment in the field is aimed at saving time, controlling interactions of patients and those waiting for patients to undergo the procedure and also make all the needed equipment to be accessible in one roof,” he pointed out.

In the 2022/23 financial year, the hospital conducted eight-kidney transplants at 288m/- and in the process the government saved 312m/- the patients could have spent to get the same services outside the country.

Commenting on cardiovascular and thoracic centre, Dr Chandika said the construction of the centre will commence in this financial year, adding: “The centre will provide relief to patients from the

neighbouring regions who would have been forced to travel to Jakaya Kikwete Cardiac Institute (JKCI) in Dar es Salaam to access the services. BMH will be an option given the number of patients suffering from cardiovascular related complications that has increased due to lifestyle.”