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Regional and District Hospitals to Be Powered On Solar Energy Soon – Deputy Health Minister Leads Delegation

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The Deputy Health Minister, who is also a law maker for Weija-Gbawe Constituency, Hon. Tina Naa Ayeley Mensah, has led  a delegation to Germany as part of the ministry’s attempt to install solar energy in all the Regional and District Hospitals in the country.

Among the delegation was Mr. Patrick Kumor, a country Rep for Redex International and also Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Kupatech Ghana Ltd, an energy expert and consultancy firm. He revealed to hardpointonline.com that, Redex International, a Germany based multi million energy company was in the country 2months ago to carry out feasibility studies on the energy generation system of Pantang Hospital in the Adentan Municipality. The international solar energy generation company met the Ministry of Health to discuss how best the company could install solar energy in all Regional and District hospitals across the country.

The state woman led the delegation out of the shores of Ghana on Saturday 9th December, 2017 and are expected back to Accra, Ghana 14th of this month. The return trip expenses which include transportation, hotel bills and others were fully paid for by Redex International; a Germany based solar generation company which has entered into a contractual agreement to supply 16.8 mega watts of solar power to be installed and manage by same company in all Regional and District hospitals in the country to enable such hospital have constant source of power to be a position to handle emergency or referral cases.

The purpose of the solar power generation is an attempt by the Ministry to add up to the power generation of this country as well as resource the Regional and District hospitals to independently operate and generate their own source of power in the form of solar. The prime essence of this solar power generation at the Regional and District hospital is to deal with the intermittent supply of power.

Also, the solar power when installed in the Regional and District hospitals will eliminate deaths which occur as a result of lack of constant power supply. The solar plants will prevent electrical damages to equipment at the hospital due to power fluctuation.

In a close of interview with Mr. Patrick Kumor, the Redex International representative in Ghana said, the solar energy package of 16.8 mega watts is expected to be installed in the 16 Regional and District hospitals across the country after the delegation led by Hon. Tina Naa Ayeley Mensah is satisfied to determine the capability of the company.

 He stated that the project when executed will cost €45million and could be extended to over 2,000 CHIP compounds if the Ministry concludes its decision as whether to extend the contract to cover CHIP compounds. The project is expected to be completed by the close of 2018.

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