In Summary
  • The government has said there are immense challenges for provision of health services to people with special needs due to increasing numbers and diseases.

Dodoma. The government said on Thursday, May 16, 2019 that at least 2 million women give birth in the country annually.

The deputy minister for Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children, Dr Faustine Ndugulile told the parliament that life expectancy has reached 64 years.

 The deputy minister however admitted minor progress has been made in provision of health care to people with special needs.

Dr Ndugulile was responding to a question by Kaliua MP, Magdalena Sakaya (CUF) who sought to know when the government would implement the free health services policy to expectant mothers, under-five children and the elderly above 60 years.

She sought to know the number of districts where the special IDs were released  to enable the special groups to access free health services since 2014 when the exercise started.

Mr Ndugulile said there were still challenges in implementing the policy due to increase of diseases and people in special groups.

According to him, only 40 per cent of councils across the country have been able to provide health services through special windows systems initiated by the government.