Nyanza district management has revealed a plan to use the current and next years’ annual budgets to install electricity in Cyabakamyi sector where Mucubira health center is located.
The move follows complaints of women who were asked to bring candles as they seek assistance of giving birth at the health center.
“Nurses require us to bring candles for use in labour wards. People with adequate means bring torches while others bring oil lamps,” said a woman in Cyabakamyi sector.
“We have been accustomed to bringing candles when going to labour, risking lives of mothers, babies and the general infrastructure,” said Ntakirutimana Eugenie, a mother.
The director of Mucubira health center, Hajabakiga Pierre said that they have solar panels for powering the necessary facilities and noted that women are asked to bring candles for use in maternity not labour wards.
He however explained that they are sometimes obliged to use candles and torches when it is cold and solar panels could not suck in enough energy. He stressed that electricity availability would address such challenges.
“We don’t have any problem during sunny periods as we use solar panels.We often meet a serious challenge in rainy season where we use candles and torches, mothers giving birth in darkness,” said Hajabakiga Pierre.
The vice mayor of Nyanza district in charge of economic development , Kajyambere Patrick has told IGIHE that they are planning to avail electricity in the near future in Cyabakamyi sector to solve related matters.
“ We already know the problem of electricity shortage. Cyabakamyi is the only sector without electricity in Nyanza district. We plan to allocate part of this year’s budget avail electricity in this sector but it will require to take another amount from next year’s budget. The study has been completed,” he said.