THE University Teaching Hospital (UTH) has secured six power generators to provide alternate sources of power for the largest medical institution in Zambia, UTH public relations manager Mwenya Mulenga revealed yesterday.
He however said the six power generators were inadequate for effective operations of the institution in case of power outages.
Mr Mulenga said the Ministry of Health had provided the six generators to help provide power supply in the event of power blackouts which have become very common.
He said they have already pushed in a request for more power generators for the institution through the office of the special assistant to the Office of the President for project implementation and monitoring Lucky Mulusa.
“We have secured six power generators through the Ministry of Health to provide alternative electricity to avoid being affected by the massive load shedding being experienced across the country, although they are still not enough.
“But we have made a request through the Office of the President for more equipment to help us generate enough electricity in the event of a power blackout at the institution,” he said.
ZESCO recently announced an increase in nationwide load shedding as a result of low rainfall experienced in the last rainy season which has resulted in reduced water levels at the Kariba North Power Station.
Company spokesperson Henry Kapata said the power utility would not load shed sensitive institutions like hospitals and other health institutions to avoid disturbances.
“Sensitive institutions will never be load shed, but they should be advised to have alternative standby power generators in case of unexpected faults.
“Sensitive institutions include hospitals,” Mr Kapata said.
And the power utility company has advised customers to switch off all appliances whenever power goes off to avoid property damage and fire caused by a power surge on return. Mr Kapata appealed to all households and institutions to install protective equipment in case of unavoidable power surges.
He said people must be careful and ensure all electrical appliances were switched off to protect them from damage, or avoid fires caused by such incidences.