The Minister of Health, Community Development, Gender and Elderly, Ummy Mwalimu has announced that the government is to build a hospital in Chato district, Geita region.
She told the Parliamentary Social Services and Community Development in Dodoma recently that the high population of 15 million people in the Lake Zone has necessitated the construction of a new and bigger hospital to cater for the area.
All the regions around Lake Victoria comprise Lake Zone- the affected area. These are Geita, Simunyu, Shinyanga, Mara, Mwanza and Kagera.
The people in the zone rely on Mwanza for all key basic social amenities including health services.
There are several referral hospitals in Tanzania and they include Lugalo Military in Dar es Salaam which covers the eastern zone including Dar es Salaam, Coast and Morogoro regions, Bugando Hospital in Mwanza; KCMC in Moshi which covers Arusha, Tanga, Mangu and Kalanzia.