MERA connects BT health center with solar energy

Blantyre: Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA) on Wednesday handed over a Mk6 million solar power connected system to Namikoka health center in Blantyre easing the burden of electricity power shortage at the center.

Mera also donated a Defy deep freezer fridge and a signal operated telephone to be used in cases of emergencies.

Speaking at a handover ceremony Mera Board Chairperson, Bishop Rev. Joseph Bvumbwe said the provision of solar power system, fridge and telephone was part of the corporate social responsibility that the energy regulatory body has to the citizens of the country.

Rev Bvumbwe said Mera always identify where needs exist and rural or hard to reach areas were some of the areas that attracts the body’s attention.

A clinic like this one which serve thousands of rural people in matters of health became our interest and as a regulator of energy, we are heavily concerned with the issues of power connectivity. We understand that before Mera connected the center with solar power, medical officers had to ask patients to bring candles or something that would be used as source of light and this is not acceptable in our country, the Bishop said.

He said though electricity connectivity is a big challenge in the country, Mera would do everything possible to end such situation particularly in health facilities by providing them with clean and renewable energy.

We have been told that the coming in of power at the center has brought morale as medical officers are able to attend to patients at night, freeze all what is required to be frozen and also entertain themselves in their houses which are also connected with power, Rev. Bishop Bvumbwe explained.

Apart from connecting rural health centers with solar electricity, the Bishop said Mera has also donated oxygen machines to some centers in the country and also engaged in tree planting exercise among others.

Director of Health and Social Services for Blantyre, Dr Gift Kawalazira said the coming in of power at the center is a big relief to the people of the area who were on several occasion asked bring candles and also contribute a little something for light.

Dr. Kawalazira said hospitals operates both during the day and night and the absence of power halts quality delivery of health services.

He described the donation of solar power system by Mera as timely saying it would enhance provision of health services at the center as health personnel would be encouraged to work even at night knowing there is enough light.

Health centers are the most effective facilities in as far as provision of health services is concerned. On average, about 2,000 patients are attended to in our 30 health centers on daily basis and this signifies the importance of these small hospitals. However, the challenge is that these facilities do not have the necessary equipment or capacity to deal with the current and growing health challenges, Dr Kawalazira explained.

He further said, We are very gratitude to Mera for coming to our rescue because the power issue was a nightmare.

Group Village Headman (GVH) Malenga hailed Mera for connecting the facility with solar power. The chief said each time people got sick especially at night, their worry would be where to find money to pay for light.

This is a big relief and we are appreciate Mera for this good gesture to people of Traditional Authority (TA) Lundu, he said.

Namikoko Health center was established in 1998 and carters for over 10,000 people. On daily basis, the hospital attends to more than 150 patients.

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA

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MERA connects BT health center with solar energy

Blantyre: Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA) on Wednesday handed over a Mk6 million solar power connected system to Namikoka health center in Blantyre easing the burden of electricity power shortage at the center.

Mera also donated a Defy deep freezer fridge and a signal operated telephone to be used in cases of emergencies.

Speaking at a handover ceremony Mera Board Chairperson, Bishop Rev. Joseph Bvumbwe said the provision of solar power system, fridge and telephone was part of the corporate social responsibility that the energy regulatory body has to the citizens of the country.

Rev Bvumbwe said Mera always identify where needs exist and rural or hard to reach areas were some of the areas that attracts the body’s attention.

A clinic like this one which serve thousands of rural people in matters of health became our interest and as a regulator of energy, we are heavily concerned with the issues of power connectivity. We understand that before Mera connected the center with solar power, medical officers had to ask patients to bring candles or something that would be used as source of light and this is not acceptable in our country, the Bishop said.

He said though electricity connectivity is a big challenge in the country, Mera would do everything possible to end such situation particularly in health facilities by providing them with clean and renewable energy.

We have been told that the coming in of power at the center has brought morale as medical officers are able to attend to patients at night, freeze all what is required to be frozen and also entertain themselves in their houses which are also connected with power, Rev. Bishop Bvumbwe explained.

Apart from connecting rural health centers with solar electricity, the Bishop said Mera has also donated oxygen machines to some centers in the country and also engaged in tree planting exercise among others.

Director of Health and Social Services for Blantyre, Dr Gift Kawalazira said the coming in of power at the center is a big relief to the people of the area who were on several occasion asked bring candles and also contribute a little something for light.

Dr. Kawalazira said hospitals operates both during the day and night and the absence of power halts quality delivery of health services.

He described the donation of solar power system by Mera as timely saying it would enhance provision of health services at the center as health personnel would be encouraged to work even at night knowing there is enough light.

Health centers are the most effective facilities in as far as provision of health services is concerned. On average, about 2,000 patients are attended to in our 30 health centers on daily basis and this signifies the importance of these small hospitals. However, the challenge is that these facilities do not have the necessary equipment or capacity to deal with the current and growing health challenges, Dr Kawalazira explained.

He further said, We are very gratitude to Mera for coming to our rescue because the power issue was a nightmare.

Group Village Headman (GVH) Malenga hailed Mera for connecting the facility with solar power. The chief said each time people got sick especially at night, their worry would be where to find money to pay for light.

This is a big relief and we are appreciate Mera for this good gesture to people of Traditional Authority (TA) Lundu, he said.

Namikoko Health center was established in 1998 and carters for over 10,000 people. On daily basis, the hospital attends to more than 150 patients.

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA

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