Twenty-six projects under the Sustainable Solar Electrification of Health Facilities in Ghana, an initiative to improve access to power for efficient healthcare delivery, have been inaugurated by the government
The US$2.5 million projects, which were funded by the United Nations Fund (UNF), are located in 16 metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies (MMDAs) in the Northern, Western and Brong Ahafo regions.
Eleven of those facilities are in the Northern Region, while the Western and Brong Ahafo regions have six and nine each.
Each of the facilities, installed over a one-year period, comprises a nine-solar panel plant that has the capacity to produce three kilowatts (
They also have an in-built remote monitoring system to ensure efficient operation of the solar power facilities.
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The Minister of Energy,
At the inauguration of the facilities,
"An additional 38,000 stand-alone solar home systems and 55 mini-grids will be delivered under the Scaling-up Renewable Energy Programme (SREP) in off-grid communities to improve energy access and create opportunities for the private sector and improve the health and well-being of people," he said.
He urged the beneficiary communities to adhere to a strict maintenance culture to ensure that the facilities were put to good use.
"Consider these projects as your own property and take proper care of them because they will bring enormous gains in healthcare delivery and improve your lives," he said.
For his part, the Northern Regional Minister,
He noted that the installation of solar energy in 11 communities in the Northern Region was a major step to addressing the energy challenge that had hampered healthcare delivery in the area.
"Health and energy are bedfellows that improve the lives of a people, so we are grateful for this initiative and ask for more to be done to better the lives of rural people," he said.
The Deputy Director of Administration at the Northern Regional Health Directorate,
He said health officials had to travel long distances to get vaccines because of the lack of power to store them.