Tanzania: Include eye medical care in the NHIF-RC package

THE Regional Commissioner (RC) of Kilimanjaro, Mr. Stephen Kagaigai, advised the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) to include treatment and eye care in all the institution’s benefits, as mentioned in the National Medical Manual.

Mr Kagaigai recently issued the advice at the launch of the Peek mobile phone technology optical processing project, which was held in Moshi, Kilimanjaro.

The project is implemented by the KCMC area referral hospital in collaboration with the German-based organization, Christoffel Blinden Mission (CBM).

“I have been informed that this project will benefit society by reaching more people. So, to be sustainable, it is best that optical treatment services are included in NHIF packages, ”said Dr Kagaigai.

Mr. Kagaigai congratulated CBM, who are the main sponsors of the project, as well as the KCMC hospital for their collaboration in the management of the project, which he said compliments the government’s continued efforts to provide quality health services. to residents.

Speaking at the event, KCMC CEO Professor Gilead Masenga said the project is expected to run for three years, from 2020 to 2022.

“The activities of this project officially started on April 12, 2021 and in the first four months positive results started to be observed,” he said.

He said the achievements to date include the presence of 28 service delivery centers which have all been connected to the systems related to Peek technology, as well as an increase in the number of interns from 40 to 57, ”he said. -he adds.

He explained that of the 208,000 people who have been tested, more than 4,100 people have already received the services, of which 4,007 have been diagnosed with eye problems.

He added that at least 639 patients received professional eye care and treatment at KCMC Zone Referral Hospital and Mawenzi Regional Referral Hospital, of which 46 patients underwent cataract surgery. “

Previously, CBM’s Resident Director in Tanzania, Ms. Nesia Mahenge, said the institution has partnered with KCMC and the government through its Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children to set up various health-related projects, including Peek Optical, whose main goal she said was to improve health services for all citizens of the country.

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