Gensets save UTH disaster

THE University Teaching Hospital (UTH) says the most sensitive areas of the institution were covered by gensets during the countrywide power blackout on Thursday last week, preventing what could have been a major crisis.

The hospital says it is impossible that anyone could have died as a direct result of a ZESCO power blackout.

UTH public relations manager Mwenya Mulenga said the hospital has seven generators which supply power to the most sensitive areas which include the labour ward and intensive care unit.

“UTH has not been on load-shedding since ZESCO started rationing power except for last Thursday when there was that nationwide blackout.

‘‘We were affected but we have seven generators on standby which cover the most critical areas of the institution and these immediately switched on with the power disturbance,” Mr Mulenga said.

Mr Mulenga said the D. Block area which has babies with surgical conditions and the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) were not affected by the ZESCO power disturbance as the standby generators were switched on.

And Mr Mulenga says the institution is considering acquiring more generators to cover other areas within the hospital.

And Mr Mulenga has disclosed that the highest referral hospital received overwhelming referral cases from various clinics who could not handle some cases as a result of the power disturbance.-Courtesy of Millennium Radio