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Covid-19: Essential service providers urged to embrace solar energy

Health facilities and other institutions providing essential services have been urged to embrace solar energy to avert disruption of key services due to rampant power outages experienced during Covid-19.

Solar solutions provider D.light general manager Alex Olum stressed on the need for sustainable lighting in health facilities across the country, especially now when the country is tackling the coronavirus.

Mr Olum said his organiSation is partnering with health facilities, especially maternity, to ensure they have sufficient power to guarantee their crucial services continue uninteruted.

“We 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,” said Olum

The firm with a presence in more than 70 countries has asked institutions and individuals to take advantage to get affordable solar panels to help those working from home with limited interruption.

“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,” he added.

He urged Kenyans to observe the strict government measures to stop the spread of the deadly virus even as they come to terms with the directive to stay at home and work from home during this period.

“We urge Kenyans to adhere to the directives given for their own safety. We need as many of our people as possible alive post Covid-19 so they should stay at home unless they offer essential services,” noted Mr Olum.

He was speaking after donating solar panels to Masogo sub-county hospital, where the administrator Geoffrey Ocheche said they will help them deliver services without being affected by regular blackouts.

The 48-bed hospital in Muhoroni, Kisumu county is one of many health facilities across the country offering care and support in the fight to contain the coronavirus pandemic.