Solar cures energy ills at Zimbabwe\'s power-short clinics

by:Tunto     2019-11-30
Thomson Reuters Foundation-
Giant solar panels mounted on the roof of the Budiriro Polyclinic at the Harare public health center give patients a smile, including 40-year-
Old Alan tafiri
For example, a stable power supply from the sun means that the vaccine can be refrigerated without being interrupted as often as in the past.
\"We are no longer inconvenienced by the nurse\'s inability to provide electricity to meet some services,\" said Tafirei . \" He has a terrible headache.
\"Solar energy is very helpful to us.
\"So far, with the cooperation of the United Nations Development Programme, 405 health care facilities in 10 provinces in Zimbabwe have been equipped with solar systems (UNDP)
Ministry of Health and Child Care, Zimbabwe.
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is funding the project.
In the global trend to equip health facilities in developing countries with solar systems, Zimbabwe was one of the first countries to benefit from southern Africa.
\"Solar energy-for-
The Health Project was launched in early 2017.
Then, for about two years, Zimbabwe has been experiencing 18 hours a day of power outages, as the drought has caused water and electricity imports to drop and the gap cannot be filled.
Emmanuel Boadi, UNDP project manager in Zimbabwe, said the power outage caused damage to medicines and laboratories that must be kept at a certain temperature.
\"This creates problems and affects the quality of health care products,\" he told Thomson Reuters Foundation . \".
Sister Barbara Masagain-
Budiriro Polyclinic\'s electricity bill says it has fallen sharply since the center began producing its own solar energy.
She added that the mother no longer needs a candlelight delivery and that the vaccine does not need to be delivered to other places for storage during power outages.
UNDP\'s Boadi said similar benefits were achieved for other facilities.
For example, in a letter to UNDP, Regina Corey mission hospital in the Province of Manila said its 10-
The kilowatt solar system has gone a long way in supporting and improving the delivery of quality services and saving power costs.
The solar power supply is used as a backup power supply.
It added that maternity wards, operating rooms, outpatient patients, women\'s and children\'s health departments, and administrative departments.
Despite the benefits of the new clean energy system, project officials have been trying to solve the initial problems.
Using a remote monitoring system on the roof can detect panel failures and tampering, Boadi said.
Clive Marimo, chief engineer, planning and infrastructure, hospital of the Ministry of Health and Child Care, said the theft and repair of solar panels was a major problem.
He added that metal fences have been provided to protect the equipment, and the ministry has also hired security guards in some locations.
Other clinics employ private guards or work with local police.
How to deal with expired solar cells that last 8 to 10 years is another challenge.
Boadi said that UNDP is working with a sustainable development consultant to find an environmental approach to these issues.
Before installing the new solar system, most clinics use the grid when there is a grid.
Some countries that do not have a grid connection have solar systems provided by rural electrified institutions, but they have broken down, forcing them to rely on candles and small gasoline generators. The U. N.
UNDP Zimbabwe country director George Van Monford said UNICEF children\'s agencies are now also planning to install solar systems in clinics and schools.
The 2019 assessment of the project will serve as a basis for seeking funding from the private sector
Department companies will expand the move, he added.
He noted that there is no data for 2018 at this time, but the initial feedback obtained from the website with solar power is \"very positive \".
For like 47-year-
Old Melvin chinovovar, member of the mudavan support group, Mwenezi District, Masvingo province, solar provincefor-
The health plan made it easier and faster for him to get access to ARVs.
\"With solar power, nurses can just turn on their computer to find out which line of medicine I should take based on my medical records,\" he said . \".
He told the Thomson Reuters Foundation that in the past, patients had to wait for nurses to manually browse through a large number of records to find out the treatment options that would suit them.
UNDP spokesman Anesu Freddy said that the online data system enables patients who need mobile work to continue treatment without interruption in the new health care center.
While helping the Ministry of Health to computerize data for HIV/AIDS patients, UNDP understands the need for continuous power supply, a key driver of solar energyfor-
The health initiative, Freddy added.
In addition to improving to get high
The project also aims to reduce the Earth-
UNDP\'s Boadi says carbon emissions in the health sector are warming. The solar-for-
Health programs can help Zimbabwe achieve its goal under the 2015 Paris agreement to curb global warming, including promoting renewable energy, officials said.
Ultimately, UNDP hopes to be able to install solar systems for schools, local government offices, farms and families.
\"Installation of solar mini
The community clean energy grid is still an idea that we will implement when we get more money, \"said Freddy.
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