NBC donates Sh200 million to improve isles mother and child health services

The National Bank of Commerce (NBC) has joined forces with the President of Zanzibar and Chairman of the Revolutionary Council, Dr. Hussein Ali Mwinyi, and other stakeholders to participate in a Wogging event organized in collaboration with the Zanzibar Ministry of Health and the AMREF Africa, with the aim of reducing maternal and infant deaths in the Isles.

During the last week event, which is part of the ‘Uzazi na Maisha (Motherhood and Life) campaign, the bank also donated medical equipment worth Sh200 million to be used in various health facilities in Zanzibar.

Speaking after the charity walk, which took off at Kiembesamaki and ended at the Maisara grounds, the NBC Head of Corporate Banking, Linley Kapya, emphasized that besides promoting physical fitness, the bank’s participation was aimed at supporting the government’s efforts to reduce and prevent maternal and infant deaths, as this challenge is still prevalent.

“As President Mwinyi highlighted, statistics reveal that there are 134 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births per year, as well as 28 infant deaths per 1,000 live births, according to the 2017 data. These challenges are caused by inadequate healthcare services for mothers and infants in hospitals and health centers, including a shortage of healthcare providers and lack of essential medication,” Kapya explained.

According to Kapya, besides sports, NBC Bank has been actively involved in promoting healthcare in the country by offering free medical tests for expectant mothers and children under the age of five through the bank’s Mobile Clinics program in collaboration with the Zanzibar Ministry of Health.

Speaking at the event, President Mwinyi emphasized the importance of regular exercise for health and commended the participants of the Wogging event.

 He expressed his hope that through the campaign, the government would be able to increase the provision of medical equipment to 28 health centers, accounting for 40.5% of all 69 centers that provide services for mothers and children in Zanzibar.

Isles Deputy Minister, Hassan Hafidh, stated that the goal of launching the ‘Uzazi na Maisha’’ campaign, which includes sports activities, is to reduce maternal and infant deaths in the country.

AMREF Resident Director, Dr. Florence Temu, expressed gratitude to the various stakeholders and athletes who participated in the campaign.

She said that the aim of the ‘Uzazi na Maisha’ campaign is to raise one billion Tanzanian shillings to purchase medical equipment for the 69 health centers in Zanzibar that provide services for mothers and children.

“As we enter the second year of this campaign, AMREF has already collected 557 million shillings and received pledges amounting to 883 million shillings, which will help us reach our campaign goal by 2024,” she stated.

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