Deputy Minister of Energy and Petroleum John Abdulai Jinapor has disclosed that his Ministry is considering providing solar energy for all major health facilities in the country, to serve as backup to existing power supplies to prevent death and other occurrences resulting from power outages.
The Deputy Minister who made the disclosure during a courtesy call on him by a delegation from Philips further noted that, it is important for theatres and emergency wards of hospitals across the country to be provided with additional power supply as power failures sometimes result in loss of lives especially during operations.
Mr. Jinapor further said government has also commenced a program to supply solar lamps in rural areas in order to phase out kerosene lanterns, thereby ensuring that Ghanaians in rural areas benefit directly from government's intention of improving living standards in rural areas.
Executive Vice President of Philips, Ronald de Jong in his remark stated his organization's objective of exploring areas in the energy sector to deepen collaboration with government to reduce energy consumption in the country.
Mr de Jong also stated their earlier interactions with the Ghana Investment Promotion Center to discuss investment opportunities, further explaining his organization's eagerness to find a concept that will make investment sense.
The delegation from Philips included Juan van Dongen, CEO Philips Africa, Andre Dehmel, General Manager Philips Lighting Africa, Abdallah Khamis, General Manager Philips West Africa and Felix Darko, General Manager Philips Lighting, West Africa while the Deputy Minister was accompanied by Mrs Gifty Tetteh from the Renewable Energy Department of the Ministry.