Tanzanian Members of Parliament on Thursday urged the government to create more centers for testing COVID-19 to enable speedy and mass testing.
Peter Serukamba, the chairman of the parliamentary standing committee for community development, said the centers for COVID-19 testing should be created at zonal referral hospitals across the country.
“Mass and speedy testing of COVID-19 will help to control spread of the viral disease,” Serukamba told parliament in the capital Dodoma.
The lawmaker added that the parliamentary standing committee for community development also urged the government to take urgent measures aimed at providing personal protective equipments to health workers who were on the frontline of taking care of COVID-19 patients.
The lawmaker said apart from providing the health workers with protective gear, they should also be motivated by giving them risk allowances and extra duty allowances.
“At the same time, the government should release funds for buying essential medical facilities, including ventilators and oxygen concentrators,” he added.
On Tuesday, Tanzanian authorities pledged to protect all health workers who were taking care of COVID-19 patients.
“The government will make sure that the health workers who are on the frontline of taking care of patients infected by the viral disease are provided with sufficient personal protective equipment,” said Ummy Mwalimu, the Minister of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children.
A statement by the ministry said Mwalimu made the pledge in a meeting with owners of private hospitals and professional medical associations held in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam.
The minister thanked the health workers from private hospitals who were working tirelessly toward taking care of the COVID-19 patients. Enditem