The Express
Issue No. 362 Date: November 04 - November 10, 2004

Hospital receives accreditation

By Express Reporter

The Aga Khan Hospital, Tanzania announced on Tuesday that six of its upcountry Primary Medical Centres in Iringa, Dodoma, Mwanza, Morogoro, Mbeya and the new Mwanjelwa dispensary received ISO 9001:2000 accreditation in October 2004.

The ISO is an international organization for standardization which focuses on quality management systems. In a statement issued by the Hospital, Teresa Chiesa, Director of Community Services for the Aga Khan Health Service said: Im very pleased we received this award. It is a very significant step and it reflects our on going efforts to ensure patients are receiving the most appropriate care in the most appropriate setting. This year the six centres have been visited by a total of 89,000 patients; 44 per cent of which were under the public private partnership scheme of NHIF insurance. The Hospital has plans early next year to open another dispensary to accommodate the growing demand by Tanzanians for quality health care services.

All centres provide primary medical and nursing care, led by well qualified and trained nurses and doctors. The facilities have well equipped labs, pharmacies, minor surgical procedure rooms, ECG, ultrasound and comprehensive MCH services. HIV voluntary counselling and testing is provided in most centres. In patient services are available in Iringa, Mwanza and Morogoro.

Last year Aga Khan Hospital, Tanzania became the first hospital in the country to receive this award.