Services stall as doctors shun Bukoba hospital From MEDDY MULISA in Bukoba, 25th May 2011 @ 12:00, Total Comments: 0, Hits: 116 SHORTAGE of specialists and medical doctors has affected delivery of services at the Bukoba Referral Hospital. Kagera Regional Medical Officer (RMO), Dr Mwita Alex Mwita, said while the hospital needed five doctors, there was only one specialist. The hospital has to depend on Bugando Medical Centre (BMC) where specialists were being hired on contract. He said Bukoba Regional Hospital was only upgraded to referral hospital last year. He noted that the hospital needed ten medical doctors for its ten Wards. Meanwhile, residents in Kagera Region have been challenged to utilize to the maximum services offered by the Open University of Tanzania (OUT). Minister for Education and Vocational Training, Dr Shukuru Kawambwa made the call while launching the OUT Kagera branch in Bukoba Municipality on Monday. "People who did not attend university or institutions of higher learning should grab the opportunity offered by OUT," he said. Dr Kawambwa also revealed that the government would ensure OUT branches were opened in districts to enable more people get university education. The government's plans were to enable 12.5 per cent of all Tanzanians get university education. The OUT Vice-Chancellor, Prof Tolly Mbwete, noted that some of the problems facing Kagera branch include lack of reliable transport, shortage of water and dilapidated buildings. The number of girls who enroll with OUT was still low, he urged more girls to join the university. Meanwhile, a resident of Bulibata village, in Biharamulo district, who was identified as Kayogera Ndagayera (38) was killed after he was attacked by unknown people. Kagera Regional Police Commander (RPC) Henry Salewi, said the incident happened at around 8.30 p.m. on Monday night. He said a suspect, identified as Christian Kasinda (27), had been arrested in connection with the incident.