The Bulawayo provincial medical director Marphios Siamuchembu has pleaded with the Government to direct the Zimbabwe Electricity Transmission Company (ZETDC) to exempt hospitals from load shedding.
Siamuchembu said that ongoing power cuts have increased operating costs for Ingutsheni and Ekusileni hospitals as they are now relying on generators. He said:
These power cuts are already piling more costs in some hospitals such as Ingutsheni and Ekusileni Hospital that now have to rely on generators, yet fuel prices have been going up.
The hospitals cannot do anything about load shedding and fuel prices but the government should just make sure hospitals are exempt from load shedding or ensure that they have adequate fuel for backup if they can’t be exempt.
Bulawayo residents and businesses called on ZETDC to provide a load shedding timetable.
ZETDC western region manager Lloyd Jaji said the power utility was struggling to meet the demand for electricity. He added:
As time goes on, these power cuts will be limited with a fixed timetable as we are hoping to curb these challenges once the Hwange Thermal Power Station Unit 7 and 8 expansion project is complete.
On Wednesday, the ZETDC issued a statement saying the will be more power cuts across the country due to increased demand for electricity, depressed generation output, and power import constraints.