The Korea International Cooperation Agency handed over the project to the Acting Medical Officer in-Charge of Sinza Health Care Centre, Dr Allen Mlekwa. The ceremony was attended by the Resident Representative, KOICA Tanzania Office, Mr Seung Beom KIM.
'KOICA has also supported the water supply system besides building the wheelchair pavement at the health centre, which was initiated by Ji Hyun KIM, KOICA volunteer," said the Resident Representative. In his remarks, he said that the government of Korea recognizes the importance of the health sector as a pillar to ensure quality life and social well-being.
He added that in this regard, it has placed high priority in this sector in its assistance to Tanzania. Currently, through KOICA, Korea has dispatched many medical personnel including specialist doctors to various hospitals and medical centres. Before this project, at Sinza Health Care Centre, there was Capacity Building for Diagnostic Service Improvement of Health Centres in Dar es Salaam project which was supported by KOICA.
The project which cost US$ 4.5million is expected to improve the environment at the health care centre, that will facilitate access to medical services to people of all walks of life. Some members of the public who attended the ceremony commended the effort and support that KOICA was extending to the people.
"I think our call to have special pavements for easy movement of our wheelchairs has been heard, said a patient on a wheelchair, Nassor Mohamed. Another lady, Magret Leon said that the special pavement will make them secure wheelchairs that can assist them move from one point to another in the clinic and described this support as a relief to the handicapped.
KOICA, the agency responsible for grant aid programmes from the Government of the Republic of Korea has been implementing various development programmes in Tanzania since 1992. These programmes include the Invitation of Training, whereby over 500 Tanzanians participated in the training in Korea, including Master's Degree programmes and the dispatch of World Friends Korea volunteers.
Currently, over 80 volunteers are serving in different places in Tanzania. KOICA is also implementing various development projects in the areas of agriculture and health.