A high level delegation from the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare of the Tanzania [Mainland] Government led by the Deputy Minister of the Ministry Hon. Dr. Seif Suleiman Rashid had a successful working visit in India the from 25th – 29th February, 2013 whereby they also had an opportunity to visit the Chancery of the High Commission of the United Republic of Tanzania at Chanakyapuri, New Delhi.

The Delegation also comprised the Director of the Curative Services Dr. Margaret Mhando, the Director of Health Quality Assurance Dr.  Mohamed Ally Mohamed and the Senior Consultant Cardio Surgery Surgeon Dr. Evarist Nyawawa from Muhimbili National Hospital.

Welcoming the Hon. Deputy Minister and his Delegation at the Chancery, the High Commissioner H.E. Eng. John W. J. Kijazi briefed them on the current progress of Indo-Tanzania relation in health sector. He also cited the status of project for the construction Apollo Hospital in Dar es Salaam. Preliminary Joint Venture Agreement between the Board of Trustee of the NSSF, M/S Apollo Hospital Enterprises, Ltd of India and the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare [Tanzania] was signed in May, 2011. He further stated that there is a need to expedite the implementation of this project for the benefit of the Government and the People of Tanzania.

H. E. Ambassador Kijazi also mentioned the rising number of Tanzanians who are travelling to India for treatment services, improvement of the capacity building exchanging programme etc.  The High Commissioner emphasized on the need to exercise maximum utilization of the E- medicine [Telemedicine] collaboration programme between Tanzania and India under Pan-African e-network project supported by the Government of India.

On behalf of his Delegation, the Hon. Deputy Minister of Health and Social Welfare expressed his profound gratitude and highly complimented the hospitality and affectionate welcome and cooperation accorded to them by H.E. the High Commissioner Eng. Kijazi and the entire staff of the Tanzania High Commission.

The Deputy Minister of Health and Social Welfare Hon. Dr. Seif said that, his Ministry highly  recognises the importance of promoting bilateral cooperation between the two countries [Tanzania & India] not only in health sector but also in other areas of social and economic cooperation and therefore, their visit was focused in that direction.

He further held that during their visit they planned to meet with the managements of various Indian Hospitals which have signed medical contracts with the Ministry of Health and discuss with them the state of implementation of their contracts with a focus on improving the quality of services rendered to Tanzanians by those Hospitals and at reasonable costs. His  Delegation  also aimed at exploring and identifying  more functional areas of health specialties and services in which Tanzania  and India can mutually cooperate, the Deputy Minister stated .

The Delegation visited and held constructive discussions  with the management of Apollo Hospital Delhi, Fortis Hospital Delhi, Escort Hospital, Apollo Hospital Chennai, Madras Medical Hospital Chennai, MIOT Hospital Chennai, Sancheti Hospital- Pune.

Finally, Hon. Minister assured H.E. the High Commissioner and the Diplomatic Staff that his Ministry will pay attention and ultimately take on action on those specific areas the Mission has advised to be improved.