June 2015 DailyNews; THE Ministry of Health and Social Welfare is working on a programme aimed at ensuring that by the fiscal year 2017/18, all health facilities in the country have fully functional accreditation system.
Opening a seminar to mark the World Accreditation Day in Dar es Salaam, Director of Health Quality Assurance in the Ministry, Dr Mohamed Mohamed said that one of the pre-requisites to achieve the goal is establishment of an accreditation body.
“Efforts are underway to collect views and inputs from stakeholders that will help the ministry to speed up the process to establish an accreditation body, several stakeholders including GIZ have shown interest to support the efforts,” he said.
Dr Mohamed said six laboratories in the country participated in the accreditation process, amongst four of them have been accredited internationally which are National Health Laboratory Quality Assurance and Training Centre, Bugando Medical Centre, Mbeya Zonal Referral Hospital and Muhimbili National Hospital.
“KCMC hospital has been assessed and is waiting to get accredited after clearing the non conformities, Zanzibar’s Mnazi Mmoja will be assessed anytime this year, after this achievement, clients will be getting quality services from the facilities,” he said.
He added that in 2010, the Ministry started implementing quality management system to regional, district, faith based, private and military hospitals through the WHO-Afro programme to stepwise Strengthening Laboratory Management Towards Accreditation (SLMTA).
Dr Mohamed said 66 laboratories participated, 24 being regional, 20 districts, four military, two special, 13-faith based, two health centres and one private.
He went on to add that in December 2012, the Ministry signed Memorandum of Understanding with PharmAccess International to establish accreditation for primary level health facilities from dispensaries to level one hospitals.
In her welcoming remark, the Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) Director of Testing, Calibration and Packaging Services, Edna Ndumbaro, said most of their laboratories are accredited thus calling for collaboration with other stakeholders for well-established, transparent and reputable procedures for conformity assessment.
She underscored the need to use TBS as they will reduce the need of the central and local government to employ their own specialist assessment personnel and thus reduce bureaucracy.