Essential service providers urged to embrace solar energy to avoid power disruptions during Covid-19

Monday, April 20th, 2020 18:24 |

Health facilities and other essential service provision institutions around the country have been urged to explore solar energy options as an efficient way of avoiding service disruptions during power black-outs.

Speaking after receiving solar panels donated by d.light Solar Solutions Kenya, Masogo Sub-County Hospital administrator, Geoffrey Ocheche, said the consignment will help them deliver services without being affected by what he described as regular power outages in the region.

"We are extremely grateful to d.light for this donation because with electricity always a challenge due to the unpredictable outages, we should now be able to forget about the overwhelming challenges they experience with constant power blackouts," said Ocheche, while urging that similar facilities embrace solar technology to bridge their energy requirement gaps.

He added: "With this, we will now attend to all the needs of our people especially in attending to delivering mothers and those that have gone through labour because we are most affected attending to them during power outages."

Alex Olum, d.light General Manager emphasised how d.light understands the need for proper lighting at health facilities and that is why they had rolled a countrywide plan to assist where possible to support the community and the people with whom they do business.

"We are a business that is entrenched in the society and we are on ground everyday interacting with our customers. They tell us what they need and as a company, we listen," said Olum.

"This is one of many CSR activities we conduct and will continue scaling up during and after this Covid-19 pandemic period to assist the community and we are always happy when we can transform lives," he added.

The company (d.light), who recently marked impacting on 100 million lives in over 70 countries around the world through their programmes, are the leading solar solutions provider whose products are available to "all clusters of individuals or institutions".

"We have very convenient solutions and people can access our services through flexible plans, including daily payments of as little as Sh35 so our people should now embrace solar technology even in the context of averting global warming because this is one of the readily-available clean energy sources."

Olum said they had put in elaborate measures to ensure that while Kenyans observe the strict government measures and guidelines from health experts meant to stop the spread of the coronavirus, services to their existing and new customers will continue with minimum disruption.

"Our customer service channels are active throughout the day and night to ensure 100 per cent satisfaction and we urge Kenyans to adhere to the directives given for their own safety. We need everyone or as many of our people as possible alive after Covid-19 so they should stay at home unless they are offering essential services,” said Olum.

He went on: "We pay special tribute and salute our medical teams for how they are risking their lives to ensure they are on the frontline in fighting this global disaster and we are going to give a hand across the country to ensure our medics and the patient's they serve are comfortable as much as possible."

Found in Muhoroni Sub-County in Kisumu, the 48-bed Masogo health facility, is one of the hundreds to thousands of health facilities offering care and support around the country during the coronavirus pandemic.

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