Health care is a very delicate subject especially in this part of the Sub Saharan Africa where many communities rely on external aid to run effectively. There were several cases of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV in communities in Enugu before the implementation of South Saharan Traditional Birth Attendant (TBA) training initiative which was aimed at reducing mortality rate, increased rate of mother to child transmission and strengthening referral system and this made significant impact.
Our mission to ensure progressive development in the health sector aligns with the vision of Enugu state government to propagate a healthy environment for rural inhabitants. This has suffered a great set back due to lack of power supply. The epileptic or non existence of power supply at the rural community health centers result to complications during child birth.
We observed that a fair percentage of deaths occur at night especially when there is no power – Darkness. They have no choice but to turn to use of alternative power supply (generators, kerosene lanterns/lamps, candles etc) which emit dangerous fumes, to attend to patients. These further endangers the life of mother and new born child. Hence, the visit to Udi, Igbo Etiti and Nkanu West LGA of Enugu State whose stockings were filled with gifts of solar panel power pack with light bulbs and phone charging port for emergency lighting and charging ports for phones. This component has various extensions to power up to 4 bulbs to fit into 4 different rooms (especially labor room).
UNICEF and PATHS 2 had in the past donated to a few health centers; solar powered systems for the storage of vaccines but these solar power systems were not designed to light up the centers. The facilities were in complete darkness at night. It was to this end that, South Saharan proposed to support the rural health centers with solar powered lights for effective service delivery especially to attend to women who present themselves for delivery at night.
Two solar panel systems are proposed per local government in the seventeen local government area of Enugu state to serve two (2) health centers in that Local Government Area. A total of twenty-eight (28) rural health centers in 14 Local Government Areas will benefit from this donation. The health centers are selected based on the terrain, location and lack of power source. The distribution commencement date: 17th November, 2016.
Local Government Areas visited: Udi, Igbo Etiti and Nkanu west.