EXIM Bank is celebrating 20 years of service by giving back 200m/- into the local health care sector. Exim in those years climbed to become among top five banks—in term of assets—in a stiff-competition industry that has some 60 players.
The bank, according to statement released yesterday, wanted to address the chronic bed capacity issue plaguing the nation. The bank—with subsidiaries in Comoro, Djibouti and Uganda—sets to donate 500 mattresses and beds to public hospitals in 13 regions across the country.
Exim’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Mr Selemani Ponda said they are recognizant of the government’s commitment in improving the health care sector. “…Therefore we have dedicated this entire year to invest in public hospitals across the country,” Mr Ponda said during the launching of 20th anniversary held in Temeke Hospital— one of the project beneficiaries.
According to World Health Organisation data the country currently has about seven beds per 10,000 patients. The scenes of two or more expectant women in a bed or some even sleeping on the ﬂoor have become quite common in public hospitals.
Temeke Municipal Hospital Chief Doctor, Dr Gwamaka Mwabulambo said bed shortages was one of the biggest challenges the hospital facing. “We specifically have a need beds in the children and post natal wards.
“The donation of 40 beds and mattresses from the bank will go a long way in addressing this issue,” Dr Mwabulambo said. The donation of 500 beds and mattresses will go to hospitals in Mbeya, Arusha, Mwanza, Morogoro, Tanga, Dodoma, Kigoma, Kiliamanjaro, Shinyanga, Mtwara, Pemba and Unguja.
Exim Bank (Tanzania) Limited was established in 1997 and expanded its market by opening subsidiaries in Comoros (2007), Djibouti (2010) and Uganda (2016).