Load shedding: the health department is working on alternative energy sources for its facilities

The health department is trying to find additional energy sources to power its facilities during load shedding.

It comes amid calls for healthcare facilities to be exempted from load shedding.

In a statement on Monday, Health Minister Joe Phaahla said the department was “working on alternative and supplemental sources in addition to generators, which are not intended for extended outages, to seek additional power to consider. for installation in healthcare facilities to complement generators as part of the energy mix”.

Phaahla said he directed the chief executive, Sandile Buthelezi, to work with provincial heads of health departments to finalize the assessment of the impact of load shedding on health facilities.

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He said he was also discussing with Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan, Eskom and municipalities the processes to be followed to exempt health facilities from load shedding.

Last week, the Health Professions Council of South Africa called for healthcare facilities to be exempted from load shedding.

Phaahla is expected to report on the impact and response measures at a press briefing scheduled for Friday.

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