Collaboration, technology canvassed to foster financial inclusion, healthcare sustainability in energy sector | The Guardian Nigeria News

Emphasis was placed on the use of technology, private-public sector collaboration, finance and sustainability to mitigate challenges in the energy sector.

The importance of energy and healthcare solutions was also highlighted to address the pressing issues in the industry. Kaduna State Governor Nasir el-Rufai told the Nigerian Energy Conference in Lagos yesterday that the failure of the energy sector contrasted with reforms in the telecommunications sector.

He noted that the situation in the power sector indicates that the private sector must be the main investor. His words: “The situation in the power sector suggests that despite significant state and federal growth, the private sector must be the largest source of investment, management and know-how for sustainable and affordable power supply.

“Failing to address these structural bottlenecks within the framework of public policy gives serious private sector leadership in the energy sector privacy, even the most determined minister of power can only do heroic but highly futile work.”

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eHealth Africa Executive Director Juliet Odogwu said the conference created a path to discuss public health challenges in accessing energy, its impact on the industry and offering affordable solutions that would help the nation overcome problems like children – and to reduce maternal mortality and negative consequences of emergencies.

“At eHealth Africa, we provide innovative and data-driven technological solutions that help us improve healthcare,” she said.

According to her, the energy challenge in healthcare is huge as some facilities in Nigeria cannot operate after sunset due to lack of electricity.

She noted that the company provides data needed to make decisions about energy in the healthcare sector. They also assist the government in conducting energy audits and assessments and advise on the best deployment solutions in terms of efficiency.

In analyzing Sustainable Energy for Improved Health Care in Nigeria, the panelists emphasized that the lack of constant power supply in health care facilities negatively affects health care.

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We Care Solar Country Manager, Dr. Julie Yemi-Jonathan, affirmed that alternative and reliable energy sources remain important for rapid supply.

She called on the government to be accommodating in terms of funding and support for non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
Yemi-Jonathan said her organization is in talks with government and private sector stakeholders to expand services to all states once funding is increased.

She said her solution, which comes in the form of a suitcase, saves lives by powering the maternity ward and operating room, and equipped with searchlights, infrared thermometers for surgical lights, and more.

Sokoto State Public Health Director Dr. Abdulrahman Ahmad, noting the need for stable energy in the healthcare sector, said the lack of ICT, leading to educational tools for healthcare workers, is hampering the quality of accessible education and care.

“Less than half a percent of our facilities have less than six hours of electricity per day. As soon as it is dark, births and operations are performed with touch light or kerosene lamp. Some babies born need support from oxygen and other facilities, but lack of light can affect the child’s existence,” he added.

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eHealth Africa project manager, Mohammed Bello, called for preparedness and rapid response to public health emergencies through the use of context-specific technologies.

The UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy on Sustainable Energy for All Damilola Ogunbiyi said the challenges in the energy sector needed to be addressed urgently as the sector is vital to day-to-day activities. She noted that overcoming the challenges would help the nation be on par with reaching net zero.

Nigeria’s Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA) executive director Aliyu Tahir explained that electricity comes with many dangers and said there are many prices paid for misuse such as injuries, equipment damage and others.

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