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May 1, 2020

All On provides Covid-19 power support for African health centres

By Yoana Cholteeva

All On, Nigerian off-grid energy investment company established by Shell, has awarded an emergency relief fund to provide healthcare organisations on the frontline of the Covid-19 pandemic in Sub-Saharan Africa with reliable power.

Lumos, Africa’s solar system provider, is one of four renewable energy companies selected to receive part of the $500,000 relief fund, as the company is providing solar home systems to critical emergency response centres across Nigeria, during the Covid-19 crisis.

The solar systems installed will provide an alternative power solution to health centres and rapid response teams that lack access to reliable electricity. Solar systems will also be used to power basic necessities such as lighting, fans, and computers, ensuring that essential services are able to respond to the crisis, supply testing kits, and deliver urgent medical care.

Doctor Anthony Iwala, social franchise director of Society for Family Health, one of the organisations benefitting from the service, said: “We are pleased to receive this very significant support from Lumos and All On. It is an exemplary intervention that will facilitate the success of the fight against the virus.

“Electricity from their solar systems will ensure staff is properly kitted, able to prepare instruments and medication without compromising infection prevention protocols” he added.

As less than 33% of households and 30% of businesses have reliable access to grid electricity in Nigeria, Lumos, with its 50% share of the solar home system market, can enhance the response of emergency centres, which have seen impeded effectiveness due to lack of power during the outbreak.

Lumos Nigeria CEO Adepeju Adebajo said: “The All On fund is enabling us to react exceptionally quickly. Lumos has the products and the trained staff on the ground to install solar systems, which will allow key workers to test and treat patients with the virus and save lives.”

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