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Mpilo Hospital and UBH receive solar systems

In a wave of good news, Bulawayo city’s main government hospitals, Mpilo and UBH, have received solar systems to cope with power outages.

In response to the persistent problem of power outages, Mpilo Central Hospital and United Bulawayo Hospitals (UBH) have received 350 kilowatt solar energy installations. This major upgrade ensures that both hospitals maintain a constant and reliable power supply.

Mpilo Hospital and UBH receive solar systems

These solar systems were installed through a collaborative effort between the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the government, with the goal of reducing disruptions to medical services. During a recent tour, Trust Mushawarima, acting clinical director of UBH, expressed his gratitude for this initiative.

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UBH and Mpilo Hospitals
Mpilo and UBH hospitals get solar systems-Image source@Facebook

He highlighted the critical role of uninterrupted power in the operation of medical equipment and emphasized that hospitals would see a reduction in their electricity costs over time, thanks to the ability to return excess energy to the national grid.

The tour also showed that 19 local council clinics are now powered by solar energy, demonstrating a growing commitment to renewable energy solutions. Ayodele Odusola, UNDP Resident Representative, commended the collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Child Care. She noted Zimbabwe’s potential to become a leader in sustainable energy practices, especially given the country’s rich lithium resources.

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In another development, Mpilo Chief Operating Officer Joel Charangwa announced the imminent completion of one of the region’s largest waste management plants at the hospital. This new facility is set to transform waste management practices not only within Bulawayo but also in the surrounding regions. The plant will have the capacity to incinerate waste beyond city limits, addressing broader waste management challenges. Charangwa stressed the importance of this project in addressing national waste management issues.

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