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Leading SA logistics provider Imperial Logistics has shown further support of the Unjani Clinic network (Unjani Clinics) through the donation of R1-million towards the purchase of 15 point-of-care-ultrasound devices (POCUS).The donation also includes the training of 120 healthcare professionals on the use of the device.
Unjani Clinics is a 100% black women owned primary healthcare clinic network
Unjani Clinics was launched in January 2013 as a 100% black women owned primary healthcare clinic network that provides accessible, affordable, quality healthcare to communities in low-income areas. The current network of 88 clinics supports the disruption and re-engineering of SA’s healthcare system by creating community-based healthcare structures at the point of care.
Healthtech helping the most vulnerable in SA
“The Unjani Clinics network already performs an estimated 40 000 scans a year, primarily for antenatal care,” explains Mohammed Akoojee, Group Chief Executive Officer at Imperial. “The purchase of these point-of-care-ultrasound devices will allow Unjani to provide patients with diagnostic testing at the point of care, minimising the delay between the onset of symptoms and initiation of definitive therapy.”
The POCUS devices are low-maintenance and designed to speedily create high-resolution images, which can be transmitted wirelessly to most iOS or Android smart devices. Mobility, ease-of-use and quick imaging make the device perfect for use in community clinics.
“The devices are designed for scanning all parts of the patient’s torso, including the heart,” says Akoojee. “The convex array provides outstanding resolution for abdominal and lung images. As such, this initiative will not only make a positive difference to the health of women in the communities that the Unjani Clinics serve, but also to all patients requiring such diagnostic services.”
Lynda Toussaint, CEO of Unjani Clinics concludes, “We are extremely grateful to Imperial for their continued support of Unjani Clinics. The POCUS equipment being donated is state of the art and will most definitely become a talking point in the communities in which we implement them. We look forward to further enhancing services and access to affordable ultrasound services in more communities of SA.”
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