Tanzania Daily News Dar es Salaam Anne Robi
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Ecobank Tanzania has donated labor and delivery room equipments worth 12m/- to Temeke referral hospital in Dar es Salaam to improve maternal healthcare at the hospital.

The equipments were handed over the weekend to the Deputy Minister of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children Dr Hamis Kigwangala. Ecobank Managing Director Mr Enoch Osei-Safo’s said the donation was part of the bank’s contribution to the community as it (Ecobank) celebrates 28 years since its operations.

« This year we celebrate mother and child through the theme, « Improving Maternal Healthcare in Africa » and we have chosen to celebrate with the management, staff and the community around Temeke referral hospital,  » he said.

Mr Osei-Safo said the management of the Bank chose Temeke referral hospital due to its high demand, high number of patients and the geographical coverage of the district. « However, it is our desire to continue supporting this great cause in the whole of Tanzania, » he noted urging other organisations to donate to support government’s efforts to build the nation.

Speaking shortly after receiving the donation, Dr Kingwangalla commended the Bank and called for other institutions to emulate the spirit in improving maternal healthcare in Tanzania.The Chief Medical Officer of Temeke Hospital Dr Gwamaka Mwabulambo said over 50 mothers deliver at the hospital every day, a move that leads to overwhelming of the hospital due to lack of health equipments.