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Tanzania receives US 66 million dollars World Bank funding

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania  (Xinhua) -- Tanzanian authorities said on Thursday they have received 66 million U.S. dollars from the World Bank for upgrading at least 100 health centers across the east African country.

Hamisi Kigwangala, the Deputy Minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, told parliament in the political capital Dodoma that the support will enable health personnel to offer antenatal operations.

Kigwangala added that the funding will be channeled through the office of the President responsible for Regional Administration and Local Government.

“It is on the same note that the government has distributed a total of 60,000 delivery packs in six different regions in the country,” Kigwangala told the House.

He added: “The government has started disbursing the money to all targeted districts in the country in efforts to boost provision of health services.”

Kigwangala said the distributed delivery packs included cotton, pads, surgical gloves and other basic necessities.

He said the World Bank funding will be complimented by the Comprehensive Council Health Plan (CCHP) which was being used by district authorities to distribute key antenatal facilities in delivery packs.

Kigwangala said the CCHP required each district to use its own sources to construct theaters for performing antenatal operations to reduce maternity mortality rates in the country. 

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EARLIER REPORT:

Tanzania  forms special team to address security concerns

DAR ES SALAAM Tanzania (Xinhua) -- The government of Tanzania said on Thursday it has formed a special task force to investigate criminal incidents, including the increasing tidal wave of use of firearms.

Hussein Mwinyi, the east African nation’s Minister of Defence and National Service, told parliament in the political capital Dodoma that the task force comprised of members from defense and security organs.

The formation of the task force came against the backdrop of shooting of a politician and a retired army major general.

“I have no doubt with the capacity of our defence forces,” the minister told the august House.

Tundu Lissu, a Member of Parliament for Singida East constituency on the ticket of opposition Chama Cha Demokrasia na Maendeleo (CHADEMA), suffered multiple gunshot wounds last week after unknown gunmen attacked the lawmaker at his home in Dodoma.

Lissu was shot one bullet in the arm, two bullets in the stomach and two bullets in the legs.

On September 11, Vincent Mribata, a retired major general with the Tanzania People’s Defence Forces, was shot in the stomach, waist and arm shortly after coming from a bank.

Following the two grisly incidents, President John Magufuli ordered security forces to launch swift criminal investigations.

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