South Africa: Rural Maubane Receives Solar Powered Health Centre
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
The North West Department of Health together with Samsung Electronics South Africa have launched a Solar Powered Health Centre (SPHC), which officials says will improve access to specialised healthcare for Maubane residents.
The SPHC, launched on Friday at the Maubane Clinic in Dihibidung Village in Ga-Maubane, is housed in a shipping container fitted with the most advanced medical equipment and Samsung solar panels.
The focus will be on screening up to 300 patients a day to diagnose conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, tooth decay and cataracts, as well as educating the community on health issues.
First launched at Cape Town in 2013, Samsung’s SPHC harnesses solar power to present a viable, affordable initiative to provide professional, qualified medical care to underserved communities.
Speaking during the launch of SPHC, North West Health MEC, Magome Masike said the rural areas are particularly susceptible to health issues, due to lack of access to health care and this impacts on overall quality of life.