Dar es Salaam 29-March-2023: The Aga Khan Hospital Dar es Salaam commissioned a new Oxygen Plant, which is a significant step towards ensuring that the hospital’s oxygen needs are met, and to support other public sector facilities that require oxygen. The plant can produce oxygen on-site, so the hospital will no longer rely on external suppliers to meet its oxygen needs. The 480 litres per minute oxygen capacity created by the plant will be of high quality and meet the required standards for medical use. It will ensure that patients requiring oxygen therapy receive the best care possible.
The Oxygen Plant was funded by German Development Bank (KFW) amounting to Euro 337,000, which is one of the components of the KfW-funded AKDN East Africa Covid support project (a total of Euro 6 million for Kenya and Tanzania for the period April 2020 – March 2023) which aimed at improving support to Covid patients during the Covid pandemic and includes PPEs, patient welfare support, equipment, and oxygen plant. The plant will positively impact the hospital’s ability to deal with medical emergencies requiring oxygen and demonstrates its commitment to providing high-quality care to its patients and supporting the public sector in the region. In a short ceremony at the hospital grounds, the German Ambassador to Tanzania, Mrs. Regina Hess, and the Chairman of the Hospital Board of Directors, Mr. Amin Habib, both noted that this is an important milestone that will have far-reaching benefits for the hospital, its patients, and the wider public sector.