The National Development Corporation (NDC) has participated in a special health check campaign held at Mnazi Mmoja grounds in Dar es Salaam. The campaign brought together citizens from various areas of the city with the aim of getting their health checked and receiving free treatment for diseases.
Speaking at the campaign, the Director of Finance at NDC, Ms. Robbi Sattima, who represented the NDC Managing Director, stated that the organization decided to participate in the campaign as a sponsor because it is a major stakeholder in the healthcare sector. NDC owns Tanzania Biotech Product Limited (TBPL), a factory dedicated to producing biological products aimed at eradicating mosquito larvae located in Kibaha, Pwani Region.
“We saw it as an opportunity because we believe that better development can be achieved when people have good health. As an organization that cares about the health of Tanzanians, we have invested in a factory that produces anti-mosquito drugs, which is the only one of its kind in Africa,” emphasized Ms. Sattima.
Previously, the founder and coordinator of the Health Check campaign, Dr. Isaack Maro, explained that the main reason for initiating the campaign in 2009 was that many Tanzanians did not have the habit of regularly getting their health checked. This resulted in many of them failing to detect various diseases in their early stages and therefore seeking medical attention only when the diseases were in advanced stages.
“We decided to launch this campaign after realizing that many Tanzanians fail to regularly get their health checked to identify early challenges and receive timely treatment,” stated Dr. Maro.
This is the first time that the National Development Corporation (NDC) has participated in the Health Check campaign. NDC’s participation in this Health Check campaign is one of the strategies set by the organization to ensure its involvement in various events, especially to reach out to stakeholders, particularly citizens.
The Health Check campaign has included screening for various diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, breast cancer, cervical cancer, prostate cancer, and skin cancer in people with albinism. The residents of the Dar es Salaam region had the opportunity to interact with specialists and experts from the Muhimbili National Hospital, Ocean Road Cancer Institute, Jakaya Kikwete Cardiac Institute, referral hospitals in the Dar es Salaam region, and Aga Khan Hospital.”