Mpilo and UBH receive solar systems -The Southern Eye

MPILO Central Hospital and United Bulawayo Hospitals (UBH) have each been installed with a 350 kilowatt solar power system to provide uninterrupted power supply in the face of ongoing power outages.

The solar systems were installed by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in partnership with the government.

During a tour on Wednesday, UBH acting clinical director Trust Mushawarima said reliable power would ensure minimal disruption to clinical services.

“This initiative will give us sustainable energy and ensure that all machines run 24/7,” Mushawarima said.

“This is a good gesture for us; Clinical services will not be interrupted while we are working.”

Mushawarima said the hospitals’ electricity bill would also be reduced.

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“This will reduce our electricity costs in the long term because we will be able to feed the national grid and even reduce our expenses in terms of costs,” he said.

“Therefore, it will save us money, which we can channel towards other clinical services. This will definitely improve service delivery at this hospital.”

At least 19 municipal clinics now operate with solar energy, according to what was learned during the tour.

UNDP Resident Representative Ayodele Odusola commended the partnership with the Ministry of Health and Child Care.

“Zimbabwe is one of the few countries in the world that has what the future of energy has in terms of lithium,” Odusola said.

“Let’s do our best to see what we can do to not only maintain, but sustain and expand these projects to maximize the benefit of the solar system.”

In an unrelated matter, Mpilo chief operating officer Joel Charangwa said construction of one of the hospital’s largest waste management plants was almost complete.

“It is a huge project. It will be able to incinerate waste generated throughout Bulawayo and even beyond,” he said.

“It has the capacity to incinerate the entire region. “It is a turning point in terms of waste management in the country.”

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