Consultant and Teaching Hospital for the Lake and Western zones of the United Republic of Tanzania
Bugando Medical Centre I.V fluid production Unit is producing glass bottled Intravenous
fluids at a capacity of 6000 bottles of 500mls and 250ml per month and 72,000 per year. This serves the hospital
revenue of TZS 9,000,000/= per year compared to purchase from MSD. This amount doesn’t meet hospital demand of about
500,000 bottles per year. The unit produces special I.V fluids that are difficulty to source from MSD and local market.
These are special products from our unit: 3% Sodium chloride, 25% Dextrose injection, 50% Dextrose injection, Neonatal fluid injection, Magnesium sulphate injection, peritoneal dialysate fluid and Methylene blue solution.
The department is planning to establish new I.V production plant that will have high capacity of more than 1million bottles per year to fulfil hospital requirements and surplus for other hospitals in the Lake Zone and Tanzania at large. This will decrease the cost of purchasing I.V fluids and hence decrease the burden oftreatment to patients.
The Hospital also has three Cardiologists and provides a range of clinical services such as out and in-patient cardiology clinics, resting/stress ECG and ECHO, Ambulatory Blood Pressure and ECG monitoring and cardiology critical care. The Department is also involved in a number of clinical cardiovascular research projects in Heart failure, Hypertension, Diabetes, Cardiomyopathies, Rheumatic Heart Diseases, Congenital Heart Diseases, HIV, Anaemia and Maternal cardiac diseases. The Centre also participates in regional and global registries, longitudinal and translational studies and clinical trials. Currently, BMC is running a Rural NCD cohort involving 7000 participants and 6 regions (12 Districts) and invites for more local and international collaborations.