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S. Korea helping hospitals to switch over to solar system

A South Korean team has recently visited the Chandka Medical College Hospital (CMCH) and its attached institutions as part of the study proposal for installing Photo Voltaic Solar System there. The aim of undertaking a feasibility report is to provide an alternate source of power not only to this institution but also to Larkana and Liaquat University of Medical and Helath Sciences, leader of Korean delegation, Lee Hyun Hwa, said.

It may be noted here the project is being undertaken with the interest of the Board of Investment (BoI).

Medical Superintendent of the CMCH Dr Zulfikar said that this was a median project being initiated in Pakistan.

Mr Sial took the team to the Shaikh Zayed Hospital for Women, the CMC Children Hospital, the CMCH (teaching and city blocks), and the Department of Urology.

Director, Korean Engineering Consultants Corps, Lee Gi Yong said the Exim Bank of Korea – in the light of the memorandum of understanding signed with the BoI Pakistan – extended a grant to initiate the study. The study began from December 28 and would complete by April this year and the report will be submitted to Korean government in four months time.

The team prior to visiting the CMCH Larkana went to LUMHS and found both hospitals fit for switching over to alternate energy source, Lee Hyun Hwa said.

“We have to carefully examine the buildings and their constructions so as to assess their capability of bearing the load of solar panels and batteries and the cost at the two places would come around Rs40 million with a guarantee of some 20 to 25 years”, he said.

Representatives of the BoI, Allah Bakhsh Shaikh and Asif Sabir said that their technical adviser Syed Feroz Shah had a key role in initialising this project following presidential orders. Dr Zulfikar Siyal Medical Superintendent of CMCH said that this project was previously abandoned but later the government was convinced to switch over to this alternate energy source.

The solar energy source is abundantly available in Larkana and Hyderabad, which was quite encouraging, said Lee Hyun Hwa. “We know basic elements to install the project are available here and Solar Project of 3-Megawatt would require six months to complete after submission of the feasibility report to concerned quarters.”

Many such projects in the name of Energy Storage System were installed and still operating successfully in Myanmar, Bangladesh, Magnolia, Canada and the US. Korean Consultants would also train local technicians to look after the projects in future, said Lee Hyun Hwa.

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