Khyber Pukhtunkhwa government has decided to shift the hospitals affected by power outages of longer duration to solar energy. All basic health units and majority of category-C and Category-D hospitals are confronted with this problem from the past several years. Even few district head quarters’ category-B hospitals and Category-A declared MTI hospitals sometimes face this problem.
Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Energy Development Board has agreed to install solar systems in in basic health units; rural health centers and tehsil headquarter hospitals. These categories of healthcare facilities cater for the treatment of outdoor patients, minor surgical and dental procedures in addition to vaccination activities. Installation of solar energy systems will certainly make functional the facilities of primary healthcare, which is hitherto dysfunctional.
The chronic problem of power outages is frequently faced by MTI hospitals including Lady Reading Hospital Peshawar and Mardan Medical Complex and district headquarter hospital Mardan. It is caused by overloaded grids from which the hospitals get power supply. Tripping and breakdowns carry the risk of fatalities during cardiac surgeries and other major surgeries. Perhaps this threat to human lives is not on the mind of ruling political leadership. Establishment of mini grids of 250-350 kilowatt can provide permanent solution, provided the decision makers want to do so.