Consultant and Teaching Hospital for the Lake and Western zones of the United Republic of Tanzania
BMC is currently expanding its medical care in a number of super specialitiesincluding Cardiothoracic Surgery and Cardiology,
due to the growing burden of heart diseases in the region. This has been associated with high mortality and morbidities due
to lack of advanced and accessible cardiovascular services in this region.
The number of patients with heart diseases has been on increase at BMC, overriding the available resources, thus calling for a need to expand the cardiovascular services.
It is also now estimated 30-40% of patients attended at Jakaya Kikwete Cardiac Institute (JKCI) in Dar es Salaam, are from this zone. In 2017, among Paediatric patients with heart disease at BMC, 17% of them required surgery and were referred to JKCI. Majority of them could not afford to pay for transport, accommodation and surgical costs.
Thus, BMC in collaboration with Mwanza Regional Commissioner (Hon.John Mongella) and the Ministry of Health, Community Development, Gender, Elderly and Children has developed a proposal for development of Bugando Cardiac Institute in Mwanza to meet the increasing demand of this superspecialized Heart Service in this region.
Currently the sketch of the building (16 floors, twins, see below) has been completed. The construction of building is expected to cost 59billion.