ARUSHA Tanzania (Xinhua) --
Cases of tourists falling sick during their trips
to Tanzania are rare though it happens and realizing that, a
large modern hospital to offer international standards of
treatments is under construction in an area close to Serengeti
The hospital has
been built in north-western Tanzania’s district of Serengeti,
and will be serving people in the district and also foreign
visitors at the adjacent national park. The new facility is
expected to be completed next year.
National Parks (TANAPA) is one of the big players in the
construction of the medical facility,” Charles Mlingwa, Mara
Regional Commissioner said here on Sunday. TANAPA has
contributed 22,319 dollars as part of its contribution towards
the ambitious medical project.
works for the first phase are underway,” explained Mlingwa,
pointing out that the medical facility is planned to be like any
other hospital found in developed countries.
The first phase
involves the setting up of the Out-Patient Department wing and
this has so far cost nearly 1 million dollars out of the planned
1.5 million dollars to complete the OPD buildings by December
2017, so that the hospital could open next January.
The Hospital will
also provide medical services to 78 villages mapped within the
Serengeti District in Mara Region.
Other than local
residents, the modern medical facility also targets to cater for
the nearly 400,000 tourists who visit the Serengeti National
“While we are
working to promote our tourist destinations across the country,
it is now important to ensure that once the foreign visitors
arrive here, they also get assured of reliable medical services
when touring remote national parks,” said Allan Kijazi, the
TANAPA Director General.
tourists who visit national parks come with their respective
medical insurance covers and rely on flying doctors to airlift
them to either Nairobi or Arusha cities upon falling ill during
their game drives, however with the modern hospital in place,
they can now be attended to right there in Serengeti.