United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) has proposed the Ministry of Health and Sports to provide electricity for rural health centres in Myanmar with the use of solar power.
Union Minister for Health and Sports Dr Myint Htwe held a meeting with Stein R Hanse, UNIDO regional director and representative, and Dr Thet Oo, country programme director.
Both sides discussed a public private partnership investment programme on solar energy for rural health centres in Myanmar.
The minister said the programme proposed by UNIDO would be reviewed because solar energy can be used not only for rural health centres but also for refrigerators stored with vaccines.
The ministry has started building 82 rural health centres in cooperation with Three Millennium Development Goal Fund (3 MDG), and 70 centres were handed over to the ministry last year.
A rural health centre is equipped with a delivery room, emergency ward, waiting room and medical store. There are also staff quarters, water storage tanks and solar power equipment.
Those rural health centres provide services mainly for infants, mothers and child health as well as public healthcare.