Nigeria’s Memfys Hospital and GE Healthcare say they are collaborating in the deployment of healthcare technology for early disease diagnosis.
GE Healthcare says it has delivered its SIGNA Explorer 1.5Tesla MRI system for early diagnosis of diseases by Memfys Hospital for South East Nigeria.
Memfys is the first hospital in South-East Nigeria to install the GE technology for the delivery of healthcare services and trainings to aid early diagnosis of diseases, according to the company.
By providing clinicians with detailed information about diseases such as cancer, neurological disorders and heart diseases, the new equipment will help the hospital to deliver high quality medical services and better care to more patients across the region, GE said in statement.
GE cites the WHO’s 2018 report that highlights that NCDS including stroke, cardiovascular diseases, cancers, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes are estimated to account for 71% of the 57 million global deaths.
Meanwhile, in Nigeria NCDs are estimated to account for 29% of all deaths (2.1M). Early diagnosis of diseases such as cancer improves outcomes by providing care at the earliest possible stage, according to WHO.
“As the only dedicated Neurosurgery hospital in South-East Nigeria, Memfys Hospital is serving a population of over 60 Million People. Investing in the latest technologies such as the SIGNA Explorer 1.5Tesla MRI system will help improve the hospital’s diagnostic capabilities for early detection of diseases and at the same time keep up with global best practices to provide the very best for the country and West Africa region at large”, GE says.
The rollout of the healthcare technology means that the people of South-East Nigeria will not need to leave the region for such specialized services, Professor Samuel C. Ohaegbulam, CEO Global Memfys & Co Ltd says.
“As a leader in the neurosurgical space, we are committed to continue providing high quality patient care using modern, high tech and reliable equipment that meets the recommendation by the World Federation of Neurosurgical Societies (WFNS).
Acquisition of the SIGNA Explorer is a huge milestone towards this commitment,” Professor Ohaegbulam adds.
To ensure sustainability of such investments, Memfys Hospital says it is providing training for both young and experienced doctors embarking on a career in Neurosurgery and Spinal surgery.
The hospital is accredited by the West African College of Surgeons (WACS) for full training in neurosurgery making it the only private health institution to enjoy this status in all of Africa. To date, Memfys has trained 20 neurosurgeons and about 10 senior residents, the