Nadhani kuna shida kubwa sana na waandishi wetu wa habari, sidhani kama wahariri huwa wanafanya kazi yao...nimeona hii habari the guardian nimechoka kabisa All public hospitals to get new malaria testing machines By Nasser Kigwangallah Rapid Diagnoses Tests The Ministry of Health and Social Welfare has introduced the Rapid Diagnoses Tests (RDTs) in all government hospitals as a way of eradicating malaria in the country. This was revealed in Dar es Salaam yesterday by National Malaria Control Programme (NMCP) officer Dr Sixbert Mkude when presenting a paper on malaria case management at a media personnel workshop. He said in the initial stage, RDT machines had been placed in all government hospitals in Dar es Salaam Region, adding that they were expected to be launched in Iringa Region next month and eventually placed in all health centres in the country. "The aim of introducing these machines, which are cost-effective, is to get accurate malaria diagnosis as most health centres in the country have no microscopes," he said. According to him, at the moment 83 per cent of all health centres in the country had no microscopes in their laboratories, which hindered obtaining of accurate malaria diagnosis for patients. He said laboratory equipment such as microscopes were extremely expensive and most developing countries such as Tanzania had no resources to equip all health centres with modern microscopes. He said with the absence of microscopes, doctors were forced to prescribe medication for their patients without knowing whether the patients were suffering from malaria or not. Earlier, opening the workshop, NMCP manager Dr Alex Mwita said the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, through NMCP, aimed at improving malaria treatment and awareness in Tanzania through multimedia, which would help promote and improve malaria treatment awareness. He called on media personnel to play their role effectively to raise awareness of the people on the dangers malaria posed to their life. "Through an effective communication campaign the media plays, it will complement efforts of the government to improve national access to malaria treatment, through new Artemisinin-based combination therapies (ACTs)," he said. He said the communication campaign would help to raise awareness among the public, especially vulnerable groups, causing them to seek early treatment for malaria, to treat malaria correctly using new ACTs, and to complete the full three-day treatment. He said the malaria programme aimed at improving the response to malaria symptoms in children under five by raising public awareness of the availability and effectiveness of the new ACT drugs, and increasing understanding of the importance of completing the full 3-day treatment. According to the NMCP manager, ACT drugs were available in all government health facilities and faith-based organizations' hospitals. He said in Tanzania, it was estimated that 16 to 18 million cases of malaria occurred each year, resulting in more than 100,000 deaths. "Malaria accounts for some 30 per cent of the national disease burden, 35 per cent of hospitalizations and 37 per cent of deaths for children under five; hence more efforts are needed to eradicate the disease in the country," he said. Dr Mwita said among pregnant women, malaria and anemia were responsible for 25 per cent of maternal deaths. Tanzania's new ACT treatment policy, translated in Kiswahili as Dawa Mseto ya Malaria, was officially launched on Africa Malaria Day on April 25, 2007 in Kagera Region. RDTs these are kits jamani not Machines.....Mhariri alikuwa wapi? Gazeti likatoka na huu upupu tena ukurasa wa kwanza?