Monday, November 3, 2014

Joy, optimism as hospital gets solar power

By The Citizen Reporter

Arusha. Blackouts often experienced at the government-run Themi Health Centre in Arusha will now be history after the installation of solar power.

Mobisol Tanzania Limited last Thursday handed over solar systems worth six million shillings   to the health facility following a request by the centre and local leaders.

“Power interruption has been a challenge with regard to the provision of healthcare. We are donating the solar equipment as a way of giving back to the community who are in need of light and comfort,”said Brayson Kisamo, the marketing assistant with the firm.

Dr Miraji R. Kyande, the medical officer in charge of the facility said power interruptions have affected most of its operations, especially in the maternity ward and laboratories. He made the remarks as he received the equipment from Themi councillor Melance Kinabo, who was the guest of honour at the event.

Mr Kinabo called on Mobisol to spread the solar energy technology to other health centres and institutions like schools as well as homes in Arusha “where power from the national grid is not guaranteed all the time.”

Themi, is among six health centres in Arusha City which are operated by the city council. Others are Ngarenaro, Daraja Mbili,Levolosi, Kaloleni and Mkonoo.

The two 200w systems, according to Kisamo, have the capacity to light the facility full time as well as run the microscope and other vital equipment used in operations.

He, however, insisted that the core objective of the equipment was for the provision of light.

Speaking after the hand over, the area councillor said improvement of social services like healthcare at community level is one of his major campaigns.

“Mobisol solar systems have improved the lives of many people in Arusha and many other places,” he explained, noting that the energy option was crucial in the wake of power outages.