Friday, January 26, 2007
Most of the cell stations in Nigeria rely on dual diesel powered generators as their main source of power. Would it not be a good idea if some of them were powered on alternative renewable sources of energy like Solar Power. An Israeli company SolarPower Ltd has already started to sell such technology to any telecommunication company that is wiling to switch to such a system.
Their website says "... SolarPower Israel Ltd. is a dynamic company which provides renewable energy solutions. We design, integrate, supply and install solar energy systems for telecommunication applications, rural electrification, grid-connected, security applications, irrigation and many more. Our vision is to bring electricity to remote locations, private, public and industrial, and to do that with clean and safe energy..."
Such a system will not only be vital in an electric power starved country like Nigeria but will also in the long term save more money for the telecom companies even though the initial investment will be high.
Recently, wind power has been adopted in Namibia to supply power to mobile cell stations
Photos courtesy of SolarPower
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Could procedures in United States Military style Medical evacuation and Trauma treatment be applied to new A&E centers in Nigeria?
I am not a medical doctor or a surgeon but one thing we all notice is the complete lack of adequate Trauma care for Nigerians involved in all types of life threatening accidents everyday.
Maybe we should adopt a different cost effective approach buy using a combination of very well trained paramedics using advanced military style medical treatment techniques to save lives. This also works because the availability of critical equipment which include ECG monitors,Ultrasound monitors,Portable X-ray Machines, Two way radios, Tourniquets, Intravenous equipment, Defibrillators, Drugs, Portable artificial respirators, stretchers, neck braces, etc which would need to go into additional equipment like:
- Medical Evacuation Helicopters
- Paramedic Motorcycles
- bio diesel Ambulances
- Airboat Ambulances or Boat Ambulances (for costal areas)
The main aim of this infrastructure is to evacuate or stabilize victims of accidents during emergencies. These victims would have to then be transferred to a zonal trauma hospital were doctors and surgeons would take over to treat the victims.
Designated Landing zones(LZ's) could be located in suitable areas e.g soccer fields,parking areas of churches or mosques.
Why suggest US military style medical evacuation procedures? After reading a National Geographic Magazine article article captioned "The Hero's of Healing"
Photos courtesy of National Geographic,Defense Link