Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Bugando to offer heart surgery services

From The Citizen Daily, Dar es Salaam
By Miguel Suleyman

In Summary:
African Barrick Gold who contributed Sh500 million to the project, said, through its envoy, Deo Mwanyika that its commitment in health service complies with the company’s zeal to ensure there are better environments, workers welfare and harmonious environments with communities around its mining sites.

Only Sh50, 000 will be charged for open heart surgery at the newly launched service at Bugando Medical Centre, the hospital management told visiting Vice President, Mohamed Gharib Billal.

Speaking during the official launching of the heart surgery and cancer treatment services at the Lake Zone’s biggest referral hospital, Bugando Medical Centre’s executive director, Prof Charles Majinge, said it normally costs a patient Sh6 million to get such a service in foreign hospitals, a relief he said would save billions of shillings and many lives across the Lake Zone regions.

“Open heart surgery is very expensive and it is one of the medical operations that need a high level of professionalism. It is now readily available here and hopefully it is a big relief even to those who spend millions for the service in India and other parts of globe,” said Prof Majinge.

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