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Kibera First to Use Philips New Ultrasound System

July 1, 2014

Tracy Mutinda



Kibera residents became the first in Kenya last week to use Philips new ultrasound system Visiq equipment for expectant mothers.

The company, jointly with African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF) organised a screening camp in Kibera for women to have opportunity to have a scan. Philips provided the ultrasound equipment for the camp, whereas Amref, through its referral programme with the local public hospitals, took care of complications detected during the screening.

"It makes me proud to see how Philips' cost-effective, easy to operate ultrasound systems can make a real difference in Africa. It shows that meaningful innovations can contribute to saving people's lives," said Peter van de Ven, Vice President & General Manager, Philips Healthcare Africa.

Royal Philips, one of the world's leading innovators in the field of healthcare technology, had unveiled the Visiq tablet to the Kenyan market during the Nairobi leg of its annual pan-African Cairo to Cape Town Roadshow.

Currently in its fifth consecutive year, the roadshow enables Philips to engage in dialogue with customers, governments, NGOs and media to ascertain a better understanding of each country's unique requirements and to develop relevant technology to support their needs on maternal and infant care.

The system allows for early detection of complications in expectant mothers. According to the Philips Fabric of Africa trends report, women in Africa are at significant risk of premature death, with particular high mortality rates recorded in pregnancy.

Women in semi-urban and rural areas across Kenya often die due to preventable complications during childbirth, as they have no access to ultrasound screenings to detect critical and possibly dangerous conditions. Many of these deaths can be diagnosed with basic imaging technology.

The company says the Visiq tablet is portable and easy to use, meaning it will be good for expectant mothers in remote areas who would not otherwise have access to this type of innovative technology.

Its unique combination of mobility, ease of use and image quality, will enable clinicians to perform ultrasound examinations across a variety of clinical settings. Small outpatient clinics or community centers can carry out comprehensive obstetric and abdominal scans themselves using this new equipment.

Maternity screening is the key to early detection of potential complications arising in pregnancy.

Philips is also organizing a roundtable discussion as part of its 'Fabric of Africa' campaign, on the topic of "Innovations in Rural Healthcare" and will organize clinical training workshops 120 local healthcare professionals, increasing the quality of healthcare workforce in Kenya.


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Source: AllAfrica


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