Mpilo hospital and UBH receive solar systems

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

In response to the persistent issue of power outages, Mpilo Central Hospital and the United Bulawayo Hospitals (UBH) have been presented with 350 kilowatt solar power installations. This significant upgrade ensures that both hospitals maintain a steady and reliable power supply.

Mpilo Hospital and UBH receive solar systems

These solar systems were installed through a collaborative effort involving the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the government, aiming to reduce interruptions in medical services. During a recent tour, Trust Mushawarima, the 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 the hospitals would see a reduction in their electricity expenses over time, thanks to the ability to feed surplus energy back into the national grid.

The tour also showcased that 19 local council clinics are now powered by solar energy, demonstrating a growing commitment to renewable energy solutions. Ayodele Odusola, the UNDP resident representative, lauded the collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Child Care. He pointed out 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, Joel Charangwa, Mpilo’s director of operations, announced the impending 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 across the surrounding regions. The plant will have the capacity to incinerate waste from beyond the city’s limits, addressing broader waste management challenges. Charangwa underscored the importance of this project in tackling national waste management issues.

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