Philips Maternal Technology to boost Africa Health

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Philips Electronics  is   introducing ClearVue System, an ultrasound solution featuring innovative technology, smart design and ease of use to make high quality imaging available to a wider range of clinicians globally. This was stated in Ghana while announcing its  collaboration with  F. Malawi Engineering Company Limited,  to improve maternal and child health through the introduction of reliable and affordable medical technology for safer childbirth to the Ghanaian market.
It has an intuitive user interface which provides flexibility to serve patients in any care setting across a wide range of applications, including cardiology, abdominal, obstetrics, fertility, vascular, breast and musculoskeletal imaging.
It also assists clinicians in observing patient?s vital signs and makes more informed and timely decision about patients care.
Addressing the media during the Ghana stopover of its third consecutive Cairo to Cape Town Road Show 2012, Mr Roelof Assies, the Director and District Manager of Philips Healthcare Africa, said Philips was dedicated to help Ghanaian healthcare workers accomplish safe childbirth and improve healthy motherhood.
To this end, Philips is conducting a dedicated clinical training to support the drive to train and equip health workers at the Ridge Hospital in Accra to provide equitable and sustainable basic health services to all, particularly mothers and children.
The training covers areas such as baby resuscitation, foetal monitoring and clinical ultrasound for obstetricians, midwives, maternity nurse, pediatricians and ultrasound practitioners.
The main focus of the road show is on Mother and Child Care, supporting the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 & 5 which aim at reducing child deaths by two-thirds and maternal deaths by three-quarters by 2015.
As a signatory to the MDGs, Ghana is committed to achieve MDGs 4 & 5. The government has put in place an MDG Acceleration Framework (MAF) ? Ghana Action Plan developed by the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the United Nations Country Team.
The MAF focuses on improving maternal health at the level of both community and health care facilities in order to achieve accelerated reduction in maternal and newborn deaths.
As a leading company, in health and well-being, Philips aims to help transform the quality of healthcare in Ghana and other Africa countries through meaningful solutions, innovations and partnership. Our expansion and continued growth in Africa is a testament to our unwavering commitment to the region, and is part of a strategic vision of Africa as an important growth market for the company, Mr Assies said.
He also disclosed that Philips would by the third quarter of 2012 establish its first West Africa Regional headquarters in Ghana.
?The decision to develop Ghana as the West Africa Regional headquarters is because of its stable economy, safe and peaceful environment, availability of human resources, good communications network and proactive and strong local government,? Mr Assies explained.
The regional office, he said, would provide dedicated support to Ghana and the region the for entire healthcare sector, lighting and consumer lifestyle.
It will also support the local channel partners across the West Africa market and allow Philips to be closer to customer and key decisions makers, broaden its reach and expand the range of product offerings and customer services, he added.

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