The Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA) in the Mtwara region has provided a range of equipment at the Nanguruwe Rural District Hospital worth over Sh5 million.
Speaking today as he handed over the aid at the launch of the taxpayer appreciation ceremony in the Morogoro Region, TRA regional manager Elirehema Kimambo said some of the equipment would help with the provision of care for pregnant women and newborns in the hospital.
The equipment, including children's heartbeat testing machines, sanitizers, sheets, are intended to encourage taxpayers that tax collection is a legitimate responsibility and give the community what little the authorities have got.
He said the taxes were used to fund a wide range of social activities, including hospitals, schools, security operations and infrastructure.
The hospital's chief medical officer, Nestory Masaganya, said the authorities' actions were a great comfort to them because they feel they are part of the taxpayer.
He said they were in dire need of the equipment, which would now go to help improve the hospital's care and overcome the challenges faced by some services, including the machines.
"They've brought us four machines that we didn't have a single one we were listening to by ear but now we're just putting it on and helping us quickly identify if the mother is going to have a challenge," Masaganya said.
"And we will continue to support them by emphasizing all the payments or services that are done by providing receipts and continuing to educate our customers who serve them whenever they are given a receipt." He said the Prophets.
Some patients at the hospital, including Asha Ally, commended TRA and the government for providing the support that would improve the hospital's diversity and access to quality care.
The event was launched on December 4, 2923 and culminated on December 6, 2023.