Virika Hospital in Fort-Portal (SOLAR installation by Prov.WVL)
The Holy Family Virika Hospital in Fort-Portal is one of the oldest medical posts around the country, founded by the catholic White Sisters in 1911. The hospital is a not-for-profit ran by the Virika Community and offers health prevention, medical care (surgery, dentist, maternity, X-ray, …). As a midsize hospital with over 150 staff, 8 000 admitted and 21 000 ambulant patients annually, the Virika is an important health quality centre for its wide region. On top of that it, hosts two training centres: the Virika School of Nursing and Midwifery (50 staff, 400 students) and the Bishop Magambo Counselor Training Institute (10 staff, 50 students). Howest partners with the Province of West-Flanders, its centre cities of Bruges and Kortrijk and the green engineering company CEE to equip this hospital with continuous SOLAR-power for his crucial units (theatres, maternity warden, pediatry and dentist cabinet). A Memorandum Of Understanding is alive between the Virika Hospital and Howest.
Status: deployment of a 70.000 EUR SOLAR-installation empowered by the province of West-Vlaanderen in November 2023 (by a joint team CEE (lead), SoftMat (local) and Howest (built environment))