President John Magufuli has fired the Tanzanian deputy health minister Dr Faustine Ndugulile and replaced him with Dr Godwin Mollel as the new deputy health minister.
Dr Ndugulile sacking would come as a surprise to many and follows other changes at the ministry a fortnight ago. The changes have come at a time of a COVID-19 pandemic when all eyes are on the ministry which is responsible for health docket. The incoming deputy minister is the member of Parliament according to the report revealed to this website.
A statement from the Directorate of Presidential Communications said the new deputy health minister begins his appointment on 16th May. This is the second shake up within weeks at the ministry following the transfer of Permanent Secretary to the communications docket and the retiring of Chief Medical Officer.
Meanwhile, Tanzania’s opposition has demanded the truth about the country’s coronavirus infections two weeks after the last update. It should be noted that the government stopped giving daily updates after President John Magufuli complained last month they were causing panic, and went on to question the data from the national laboratory. The last total of 480 cases and 16 deaths was given on April 29.
In Uganda, Health Minister Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng has expressed worry at lack of cooperation from authorities in Tanzania, which is affecting Uganda’s efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 at the Mutukula border point.