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Malawi: Japan Invests High Power Solar System for Salima District Hospital

Salima District Hospital has been equipped with a high powered solar system plant donated by the People’s Republic of Japan to ease power challenges that have been crippling delivery of health services.

The official commissioning was made through World Food Programme (WFP) and present was Deputy Minister of Health, Halima Daud, who described the investment as a huge milestone for the hospital, saying the availability of adequate power is key to delivery of quality health services.

“Any functional health facility requires power for the cold chain management, especially at expanded programme for immunization facilities and all the technologies in use at the health facilities of which diagnostic medical and ICT equipment are key,” Daud said.

The solar system has high power generation of 7×3 PH and thus Daud appealed to all partners to continue supporting the Ministry to build capacity in power generation through alternative means that supplement Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM) power.

On his part, the Ambassador of Japan to Malawi, Yoichi Oya said the donation is part of his country’s commitment to providing cold-chain equipment and improving logistics system for vaccines.

“Salima District, being an area affected by cholera, needed our support in terms of addressing power challenges,” he said. “The solar system and SDD refrigerators will go a long way in addressing some of the challenges.”

He then commended WFP for its role and continued support in emergency health response, saying with their expertise, they facilitated the donation process.