Members of the Rural Electrification Agency ( REA) has formally handed over a Mini – grid facility recently built to the management of the University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH).
The mini – grid facility ( solar power panel and an 80 kVA generator set) is an alternative source of power which is aimed at powering health facilities within the South South,with UPTH taking the lead as the only Federal Teaching Hospital benefiting from the programme.
To formally hand over the mini grid to management of UPTH, the head of programming management unit REA, Abba- Abubukar Aliyu said the project which is World Bank funded is an intervention project at ensuring health care services is optimal in rural areas with the alternative source of power supply; for the agency power is at the core of health care services especially in rural areas.
Also speaking, the Head Legal Service of REA, Ibrahim kashim says the project will be impactful to both patients and management, hence the need to adapt good maintenance culture in managing the grid.
Receiving the guest on behalf of management, Chief Medical Director(CMD), Prof. Henry Ugboma, ably represented by the Chairman Medical Advisory Committee ( CMAC, Prof. Datonye Alaisa , thanked REA for the delivery of the mini grid as an alternative source for power generation.
He added power supply have been a major consumption of resources especially at a time power generation have become a private thing, in the country. He promised that management will ensure the facility is put to good use.
The major highlight of this event was the signing of the deeds of transfer by UPTH and REA team, and the formal hand over of the grid to the Hospital.