Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare Blandina Nyoni will today officiate at the sixth African Heart seminar to be held in Dar es Salaam. Briefing reporters in Dar es Salaam yesterday, Tanzania Heart Institute (TAHI) founder and president Dr. Ferdinand Masau said the four-day seminar would bring together more than 150 medical specialists from different countries across the world. The intensive seminar would be held under the theme: ‘A synergy of diagnostic medical and surgical therapies in cardiothoracic health care for better outcome'. Tanzania Heart Institute director Ferdinand Masau (L) receives a USD10,000 lung-screening machine donated by a heart specialist from the US, Dr Ahmses Moat. The equipment was handed over at a ceremony at the Institute in Dar es Salaam. "This is one of the crucial annual meetings in the health sector which involve different heart specialists and give them a platform to discuss as well as exchange their experiences on how to improve the sector," Dr Masau said. According to Masau, diseases related to heart complications remained among key diseases which killed millions of people across the world. He further said that worldwide an average of 17 million people died every year due to heart-related diseases. "So these kinds of seminars act as eye openers to heart specialists as they can be able to learn new technology related to heart diseases' treatments," he said, adding: "The seminar gives opportunities to governments to come up with appropriate strategies geared at scaling-down heart diseases complications." Meanwhile, an American heart diseases specialist, Dr Ahmses Maat, has donated heart surgery kits worth USD10, 000 to TAHI. Dr Maat said the move was meant to uplift heart surgery services at the institute so that it can assist many Tanzanians, who are in need of the services. Some of the countries from where the heart disease specialists attending the seminar come from are Tanzania, Kenya, Zimbabwe, South Africa, USA and India. source: The Guardian My take: My concern is that some some time now the government have been not supporting the TAHI in policy issues and financial assistance and at some point some people/government ooficilas accused Dr. Masau that he is not a real qualified heart doctor. Now why the foreign people are concerned with TAHI (the former THI) while we Tanzanians and our CCM continuing to say it is worthless?? Are we mad???