Politics and policy
South Sudan battles power outages
Posted Tuesday, September 17 2013 at 21:17
South Sudan is battling to fix six generators to light the capital, Juba, as austerity measures continue to hinder government programmes.
Four of the generators that were providing power to the Hai Amarat suburb, where senior government officials reside, and to the neighbouring suburbs, broke down several months ago due to shortage of fuel.
The generators were also supplying power to the Juba Teaching Hospital.
“They were not able to get fuel to run the generators. So they stopped. And when they stopped, it becomes difficult to turn them on again. The four are down completely,” said Nunu Kumba, the minister for Electricity, Dams and Water Resources.
“We are planning to fix them. It is only then that the people of Juba will be able to get power,” Ms Nunu said.
Two quadruplets perished in Juba Teaching Hospital theatre due to a power outage from the generators on April. The babies suffocated in an incubator less than 24 hours after birth. Two more later died at Kajo-Keji hospital following the outage. Others go unreported in other states.
Ms Nunu said the government now supplies power to Juba Teaching Hospital and the private Juba Medical Complex. However, patients at Juba Teaching Hospital say that the power supply is irregular.