GE, Sapphire collaborate to operate emergency medical facility

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GE Renewable Energy and Sapphire Wind Power Co Limited (SWPCL) joining hands for initiative that is first of its kind to install emergency medical center near Sapphire Wind Farm, Jhimpir located in a village of district Thatta. Jhimpir is within Gharo-Keti Bandar Wind Corridor having generation capacity 50,000MW of electricity per Alternative Energy Development Board (AEDB).

The Jhimpir corridor falls in Pakistan’s south-east between Karachi and Hyderabad, 95 km from coast in a semi-desert area, this makes difficult for residents to reach medical care.

This shared effort aims to offer in time basic medical services to the community. Additionally  100,000  dollar commitment for creating awareness from place to place EHS and serving community, in case of emergency for medical care.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     GE together with SWPCL plans to identify risks, ensure standards in quality control, and maintain resources for a smooth and speedy execution to achieve milestone.

The Sapphire Wind Farm Project have 33 GE 1.6-82.5 wind turbines from GE Renewable Energy. This first farm that receives award of Feed in Tariff (FIT) by the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA). It provides energy to Noori Abad Industrial Area but also to remote areas.

“It was stressful for residents of rural and remote locations such as Jhimpir have to travel long distance to get medical services”, said CEO of SWPCL, Nadeem Abdullah.

This medical facility is first of kind in its structure at this location, offering prominent level of medical services in off-grid settings. GE and Aga Khan Medical University Hospital designed and implemented the clinic having quality medical diagnostics and treatment equipment, a pharmacy, and a CE certified ambulance. Aim of this effort is to support community with treatment capacity of 60 patients per day.

“GE is committed partner of Pakistan in 50 + years of growth, we want a positive role in life of people living in such remote areas with inauguration of medical center. We are not looking for any impact to ourselves, teams, and the communities we work in”, said Sarim Sheikh, President & CEO for GE Pakistan and Central Asia,


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Published in: Volume 08 Issue 30

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