Solar-powered health centres for Indian villages

    A Germany-based NRI scientist plans to introduce solar-powered health centres in remote Indian villages, aimed at helping rural people meet their immediate medical needs and popularising the use of renewable energy.
    Amal Mukhopadhyay, chief of Hanseatic India Forum e.V. based in Hamburg, has initially planned to set up three such centres in the Sunderbans in West Bengal with an estimated cost of 45,000 euros.

    In remote villages in India, particularly in the Sunderbans, many children, men and women die because of snake-bite and non-availability of anti-venom serum. The solar-powered health centres will help store such life-saving medicines, Mukhopadhyay told a group of visiting journalists from London.
    The centres will also help store blood in a refrigerator to provide blood transfusion to pregnant women at the time of delivery.

    He said the module called Solar Medicus has been developed by Fa.SET in Wedel, Germany. Such models based on technologies developed in Germany have been successfully placed in remote villages in Chiappa, Mexico and other Latin American countries.
    Such health centres have proved to be a boon for the villagers in these remote parts of Latin America, he said.

    Encouraged by the success in Latin American villages, Solar Forum Schleswig-Holstein e.V., Wedel has now joined hands with Hanseatic India Forum e.V. Hamburg to bring solar- powered health centres in remote Indian villages, Mr Mukhopadhyay said.
    About 15,000 euros will be required to place one such health centre module in a village, he said.

    We have got €7,000.. The Senate of Hamburg has assured €5,000. We are doing our own campaigning and we expect to raise €10,000 by the end of this year. Then we will go to the German government organisations which support NGOs, he said
    We believe that seeing the functioning of such health centre will encourage and convince the local village administrators and government officials to set up more such health centres, Dr Mukhopadhyay said.


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