MANAGERS of the health centers of the district councils of Morogoro Region have been asked to strengthen revenue collections, access to medicines and medical equipment to serve the community with appropriate quality standards.

The opinion was given the other day in Morogoro by the Morogoro Regional Assistant Administrative Secretary (Administration and Human Resources), Herman Tesha when he was opening the training for the training system to build the capacity of the chief physicians of the regional councils, pharmacists, supply officers and Tehama officers.

The training was aimed at making major improvements in the health sector to have access to drugs and medical equipment through the network system at health centers easily.

Tesha asked the health professionals after the training to improve and manage the collection of income at their centers as the money will be used to buy medicine and other health services.

He also asked the managers of the health centers to provide electronic training to their fellow executives in order to expand the scope of the training.

With that, he asked them to control the wastage of medicine in the health centers as there are currently complaints from the people related to the issue.

And the National Facilitator of the Mishitiri System, Dr. Abdilahi Njopeka said the aim of the training is to spread the guidelines for the implementation of the system to increase efficiency in the access to medicines in the country.

"The country's Drug Depot has already prepared a similar guide for all regions of mainland Tanzania for implementation," he said.

Dr. Njopeka said that the distribution system of mishitiri has been funded by the HPSS-Tuimarishe Afya Project, which is funded by the Swiss Government through the Swiss Development and Cooperation Agency (SDC).

For her part, the Senior Advisor on drugs and medical devices from the HPSS project, Fiona Chilunda said they will continue to cooperate with the government to ensure that drugs and medical devices are 100 percent available.

He said that the system has been developed within the government system and is run by government employees and will work where MSD fails to implement the requirements of health centers by 100 percent.

"Where the MSD fails to implement the requirements of the centers by 100 percent, this system will go into the center to order medicine from private suppliers who are already registered and have contracts with the relevant regions," said Chilunda.

The participants of the training including the Acting Chief Medical Officer of Morogoro Municipality, Dr. Mariam Bendera said that the training will help them how to manage health products which are medicines, medical devices and separators.

Dr. Mariam said that the training will build the capacity of how they will be able to get medicines or medical equipment that are not available in their health centers and that the system will improve the management of the best way to use filling electronically.