Unknown thugs last Thursday vandalised newly installed solar-powered security lights at Ntcheu District Hospital.
The thugs went away with three batteries, solar charge controller, two street lamps and a stand.
Ntcheu district health officer (DHO) Mike Chisema described the incident as worrisome, considering that the security lights were just installed six weeks ago.
He said the damage caused is a threat to the security of both hospital users and the hospital premises.
Ntcheu Police Station spokesperson Hastings Chigalu said two solar panels have so far been recovered.
“One of our officers who resides within the hospital and was on patrol recovered two solar panels after confronting the robbers,” he said.
Recently, government, with funding from Global Fund, installed K2.7 billion worth solar electricity to 85 health facilities across the country.
The solar power is used for lighting, heating water and air conditioning. n