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The Mozambican government has committed to bringing electricity to the entire population by 2030, yet as the year approaches, many services continue to operate in the dark.
The Mahel Health Centre, for example, has not had electricity for the three years since the batteries and solar panel supplying that hospital failed.
“Nothing has been working since 2015, but we still work 24 hours a day,” say nurse Diocésia Elsa. Medical care is delivered by candlelight. “I have to light candles to deliver babies,” she says.
Sometimes they supplement this with cellphone torches and a lamp.
The head of the Mahel administrative post Albertino da Costa says the electrification project is being implemented, and is currently in the post-deployment phase.
The Mahel Health Centre serves about 3,000 people in 10 villages, some far from the facility. “My son was born on the street, we couldn’t find transport to the hospital in time,” Fátima Mulhovo said.
Malaria and diarrhoea are the most common diseases, with about three cases per day. Patients are attended by four health professionals – three technicians and a servant.Source: O País