Philips Introduces Medical Technology for Safer Childbirth

Royal Philips Electronics with its local partners, F. Malawi Engineering Company Limited, have announced their commitment to improving maternal and child health through the introduction of reliable and affordable medical technology for safer childbirth to the Ghanaian market.

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, was unveiled in Accra last week.

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.

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