Tanzania: Church Hospital Establishes Fund for Medicine
The Citizen (Dar es Salaam)
9 June 2011
Morogoro — Berega Hospital, owned by the Anglican Church of Tanzania (ACT), has established a drugs revolving fund as a way of ensuring that it improves its services.This was said here by the ACT director of development in Morogoro Diocese, Rev Johnson Chinyong'ole.
He told reporters that the fund would help the hospital in raising money to buy drugs from the Medical Stores Department (MSD) and an Arusha-based company called Mess.
He said apart from establishing the fund, the hospital has adopted a system of keeping funds for buying drugs. He explained that in 2009 they managed to raise Sh22.8 million which was used to buy drugs.
Mr Chinyong'ole said as a result of the system they had drugs worth Sh13 million in the hospital store by the end of last year.
Further, to make sure that they retain staff, the church has been issuing call allowances and residential houses to all of them. "We try to give them incentives and create a conducive working environment so that they are happy to work here," he said.
He said the hospital has also been making drips since 1990 as they have competent experts for the job.
Their production was enough to meet the hospital's requirements, he added.
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