An electronic diagnostic device for cardiac diseases will soon be available in Cameroon.The company recently said they are ready with the product.
The first 100 copies of the device would be presented to the general public in Yaoundé.
The device, Cardiopad, is a sort of tablet which allows diagnosis of a patient with cardiac diseases from a distance.
The Cardiopad has the potential to become a complete telemedicine tool, allowing measurement and transmission of integrated information on a patient’s health profile, which could help diagnose many other diseases.
The inventor, Arthur Zang, 27, is a young prodigy with intention to help save thousands of lives in Africa suffering from cardiac illnesses.
The young Cameroonian engineer created Cardiopad, the first medical touch pad made in Africa.
Zang got his certification at the polytechnic school of Yaoundé. During a training at the general hospital three years ago, he noticed that Cameroon has only 30 cardiologists for 20 million inhabitants, shared between the two main cities of the country, Yaoundé – the capital – and the harbor city of Douala.
His company, Himore Medical, would sell the Cardiopad as part of a complete diagnostic kit for about $2,000, less than half the price of other less portable devices.
He said the idea for the Cardiopad emerged in 2007 adding that finance was a major challenge.
Zang said he went to the banks, but did not have the guarantors required. He had to use a 21st century solution by posting a video about his project on Facebook in order to raise funds.
To bring the project to life, Zang received support from Cameroon’s president, Paul Biya, Scientific research body, Rolex and some other concerned bodies.