Imphal: Manipur Chief Minister N. Biren Singh on Thursday virtually inaugurated the Solar Power System for Government Health Facilities in three districts of Chandel, Churachandpur and Tamenglong at the Chief Minister’s Secretariat.
SELCO Foundation in collaboration with the Directorate of Health Services has solarised 68 Health Centres across the three districts and provided them with energy-efficient equipment, including a Radiant Warmer, Suction Apparatus, Spotlight, Solar Direct Drive Vaccine Refrigerator and luminaries. The project is one of the 100 Action Points for 100 days of the State Government.
Interacting with concerned officials of the three districts and representatives of the SELCO Foundation, N. Biren Singh appreciated the SELCO Foundation and Government Officials for successfully implementing the project. He added that with the implementation of the Solar Power System, 68 Health Centres across three districts would be having 24/7 power supply.
The Chief Minister mentioned that remote areas of the State had been facing irregularities in power supply due to the long rainy season and its consequences like landslides and floods. He continued that the Government understands the problem faced by Health Centres in remote areas interrupting their services.
As such, the Government supported the proposal of the SELCO Foundation to provide interrupted power supply through solar power systems, he added.
He stressed the importance of proper maintenance of solar power projects. He suggested that person each should be assigned in all the 68 Health Centres to look after the solar panel and other components. Training should be provided to the person in consultation with SELCO Foundation if required, he added.
N. Biren also proposed CEO, of SELCO Foundation Harish Hande, who attended the programme virtually, cover all the remote areas of the State by the project and assured all possible support from the Government side.
Chief Medical Officers of the three districts expressed their thankfulness to the Chief Minister for coming up with the initiative to provide uninterrupted power supply to Health Centres and added the Health Centres are now able to provide better health care services to the public.