THE Western Highlands Health Authority has purchased a new power voltage stabiliser to protect its medical equipment due to the continuous power blackouts.
Chief executive officer David Vorst said the constant power blackouts caused damages to vital and expensive medical equipment and other electrical appliances at the provincial hospital.
The authority had spent a lot of money to have equipment repaired because of the power blackout.
The power voltage stabiliser was installed by a local electrical contractor and went into operation on May 13 following its commissioning.
The stabiliser was purchased at a discounted price of more than K100,000 that would help to reduce incoming power supply when it goes beyond the normal supply of 240 volts and increases the voltage when it drops so power supply was constant.
Vorst said although it was expensive, the investment would save the authority a lot of money, which cost an excess of K50,000 to repair the damages caused during blackouts.
He said the purchase and installation of such a machine was in the hospital redevelopment plan.
“My experience in the Solomon’s taught me to do something like this and is in the plan for the redevelopment but we need it now to protect our equipment for patient care because continues power blackout is becoming a serious problem,” he said.
“As we buy more expensive equipment, we need this to safeguard them so thank you all for a great effort.”