As part of its interventions to support the health sector in Gaza, Qatar Red Crescent Society (QRCS) has provided the Deir Al-Balah Health Center, affiliated to Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS), with solar power, through a project to secure renewable energy for the PRCS Health Center in Deir Al-Balah of Gaza.
Regarding the importance of the project, Dr. Akram Nassar, head of QRCS’s representation office in Gaza, said the governorates of Gaza suffered from recurrent power cuts for over 12 hours every day, which posed a threat to the provision of health services for patients.
The seven-month project involved installing 130 solar panels to help generate 58 kW of electricity, thus ensuring no interruption to the provision of services for the public.
Eng. Sufian Zidane, Director of PRCS’s chapter in central Gaza, praised the new solar project, as the center served about 4,700 patients per month.
The energy generated by the project will cover 90% of the electricity needs of the center’s facilities, mainly the departments of emergency, radiology, and specialized clinics, where service had been halted due to power outages.
In addition, the new project reduces fuel emissions from electric generators, which were harmful to the residents of the areas surrounding the center.
QRCS has already executed renewable energy projects to ensure the continuity of services for the population of Gaza. These included a local university and many homes of poor families across the blockade.