The event has been organised by Mwananchi Communications Limited (MCL), publishers of The Citizen, Mwananchi and Mwanaspoti newspapers at Leader’s Club grounds on Saturday, April 6, 2019. It came just a day before countries marked World Health Day, with a focus on access to healthcare in the form of Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
MCL teamed up with a number of stakeholders to make the event a success. They include KCB Bank, CRDB Bank, CCBRT, The Aga Khan Hospital, TFNC, the Pharmacy Council and Liaison Group Limited.
Mr Abdul Mussa, who came for health screening commended MCL for coming up with such the initiative, saying it made it possible for the needy to access health services. “I hope this does not end today. Many more stakeholders should join hands with MCL so that the initiative would continue to be conducted in different parts of the country as well. This is a great idea and impacts positively on the people,” said Mr Mussa.
Experts from the Aga Khan Hospital Dar es Salaam, CCBRT, Tanzania Food and Nutrition Centre and Pharmacy Council camped at Leaders Club to offer free health education and medical consultations to city residents from morning to sunset yesterday.
Ms Maimuna Samson, 40, a resident of Tegeta in Kinondoni District, Dar es Salaam, said she read about the health camp on social media and believed it was an opportunity to seek the advice of medics about her blood pressure problems that she has been facing over the years.
“You see, it’s not easy visiting a doctor at a hospital and get such an opportunity to ask many questions. Besides, I don’t have health insurance so I find it difficult to pay for several visits to a doctor,’’ she says.
“I have been advised about joining health insurance but I realised that I need to be formally employed to achieve that,” she says. ‘I really don’t know if there are ways of getting health insurance. I think such camps are helpful for us to get knowledge on that aspect too,’’ she told The Citizen reporter as she stood behind several other Dar residents on a long queue for consultations.