ANA Reporter
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10 Jul 2015
1:43 pm

Solar powered health centre launched in North West

ANA Reporter

A Solar Powered Health Centre (SPHC) was launched at the Maubane Clinic in Ga-Maubane on Friday, the North West health department said.

Solar Power. Image courtesy: stock.xchng

“Rural areas are particularly susceptible to health issues due to a lack of access to healthcare and lack of education and this impacts on overall quality of life,” said Health MEC Magome Masike.

“Solutions like the SPHC help address this issue and we are appreciative of this partnership with Samsung whereby we can use their unique expertise to improve the living standards of our people.”

The solar powered health centre was launched in partnership with Samsung Electronics South Africa.

The SPHC at the Maubane Clinic is housed in a shipping container fitted with the most advanced medical equipment and Samsung solar panels. Staff at the clinic would use the centre to screen up to 300 patients a day to diagnose conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, tooth decay and cataracts.

Phopolo Maubane from the Bakgatla Ba Ga Mocha Tribal Council said he was pleased to welcome the SPHC into the Ga-Maubane community.

“It is essential that our people have access to healthcare and are educated on how best to take care of themselves,” said Maubane.

“The SPHC is a welcome addition to our community and we look forward to providing support in any way we can to maximise the results.”

Head of corporate citizenship at Samsung, Pitso Kekana, said their experience in Africa had showed them how desperately medical care was needed across the continent, especially in rural areas.

“Our goal at Samsung is to positively impact African lives,” he said.

“We have seen tremendous success thus far and I have high hopes that the village will enjoy the benefits of high quality, professional medical care.”

Samsung would also be handing over a mobile mother-and-child health centre for the benefit of the villages of the Bojanala District Municipality.

The unit is equipped to offer comprehensive pre-natal and post-natal screening, care, and education in an effort to reduce Africa’s high infant mortality rate.