Tanzania’s Health Minister tours KUTRRH, urges greater cooperation. Nairobi August 5.

Tanzania’s Minister for Health, Community Development, Elderly and Children Dr Dorothy Gwajima has urged Kenya to consider exploring medical tourism especially in the area of cancer treatment.

Dr Gwajima further noted that with the facilities the country had in the area of cancer, there was no need for citizens within the East Africa region to seek medical attention in other foreign countries.

At the same time, Dr Gwajima said there was need for closer collaboration between her country and Kenya in the area of Health so as to ease the burden on their citizens.

Dr Gwajima made the remarks on Thursday when she toured Kenyatta University Teaching, Research and Referral Hospital.  She was accompanied by her Permanent Secretary Professor Abel Makubi, the Chief Administrative Secretary in the Ministry of Health Dr Mercy Mwangang’i, KUTRRH Chairperson Professor Olive Mugenda, CEO Dr Victor Njom among others.

The Tanzanian Health Minister was taken on a tour of the Oncology department that houses the cancer centre including the presidential suites among other facilities.

Gwajima who was in the country for one day official visit had earlier held bilateral talks with her Kenyan counterpart Senator Mutahi Kagwe at his Afya House office. Also present was health Principal Secretary Ms. Susan Mochache.

During her guided tour of the hospital, Dr Gwajima noted that with closer working ties between the two countries, there will be no need to seek medical treatment abroad.

“For instance, when our people are sick, they should comfortably come to Kenya and have their medical doctors fly here because the facilities are there instead of wasting so much money abroad which can benefit our two countries,” she added.

Dr Gwajima observed that the two East African neighbours have the potential and capacity to eliminate diseases that have bedevilled the region for years through closer collaboration.

“All of us want to leave a legacy when we are gone. It is the onus of each one of us to make sure we strive to deliver our best so that when we are gone history will judge us favourably as having left a mark to be emulated,” she added.