Mpilo and UBH receive solar systems

To counter the challenges posed by frequent power outages, Mpilo Central Hospital and United Bulawayo Hospitals (UBH) have been equipped with a 350 kilowatt solar power system, ensuring continuous and reliable power supply.
The installation of these solar systems, carried out in partnership with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the government, aims to minimize disruptions to clinical services.
UBH Acting Clinical Director Trust Mushawarima expressed appreciation for the initiative during a tour and highlighted its importance in maintaining the uninterrupted functioning of medical equipment. He emphasized the positive impact on service delivery and noted that hospitals’ electricity bills would decrease over time due to their ability to contribute excess energy to the national grid.

The tour also revealed that 19 council clinics are now powered by solar energy, underlining the growing trend towards renewable energy solutions. UNDP Resident Representative Ayodele Odusola praised the partnership with the Ministry of Health and Child Care, emphasizing Zimbabwe’s potential to lead sustainable energy practices, particularly given its abundance of lithium resources.

Separately, Joel Charangwa, Mpilo’s chief operating officer, announced the upcoming completion of one of the hospital’s largest waste management plants. This facility is expected to revolutionize waste management not only within Bulawayo but also across the region, with the capacity to incinerate waste generated beyond the city’s borders. Charangwa emphasized the importance of the project in addressing waste management challenges across the country.

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