29 March 2011 Musoma Mara Region expects to use more than Sh13 billion in constructing the Mwalimu Nyerere Medical Centre at Kwangwa area in Musoma municipality.The Mara regional medical officer, Dr Samson Winani, said the construction will be carried out in two phases. Upon completion the hospital will provide health services to Mara residents apart from training medical students. The purpose of constructing the hospital is to enable residents of the region get quality health services in a conducive environment, he said. According to him, the current hospital that was built in 1932 has a limited capacity, in terms of buildings, staff and equipment, to provide quality health care in a conducive environment. He said the decision to construct the modern health facility was mooted to implement the policy of the ministry of Health and Social Welfare that each regional headquarters should have a regional referral hospital. Dr Winani said: "Now is the right time for the region to act quickly and improve Kwangwa to become a modern regional referral hospital. Apart from that it would be a way of honouring the father of the nation, Mwalimu Julius Nyerere." Kwangwa hospital is located five kilometres from Musoma municipality. The idea to develop the area into a hospital was first floated in 1975 and its construction started in 1980. Two storeys of the multi-storey hospital building have already been constructed, but the plan was to construct seven. Unfortunately, this was not accomplished as planned because of several reasons. Dr Winani said the regional administration decided to build the hospital in phases through efforts of the people of Mara Region.