Solar Powered Mobile Health And Dental Clinic Serves Remote Towns In Sub-Saharan Africa

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A solar-powered health and dental clinic is set to hit the roads of sub-Saharan Africa.

The mobile clinic, which was unveiled last week in South Africa, is fitted with the latest equipment and technology to bring health and dental care to people living in rural communities. The mobile clinic cost £168,000 and was unveiled for the first time in Cape Town.

The health centre boasts a dedicated hearing service, as well as a fully equipped dental clinic, a blood clinic and eye care services. The aim is to reach out to people who live in rural towns in sub-Saharan Africa. It is estimated that around 6 in 10 people live in rural areas and many people miss out on basic medical and dental care because it takes so long to get to a dentist or doctor.

The seven metre long vehicle provides screening for a host of health conditions, including diabetes, high blood pressure and cataracts, as well as oral health conditions, such as tooth decay. The staff team will also be promoting health education and teaching people about how to reduce their risk of developing illnesses and diseases.

In the next 10 weeks, Samsung is also planning to add a mother and baby clinic, which will provide 4D scanning services, as well as providing a safe and clean place for mothers to give birth.

Kea’ Modimoeng, from Samsung, said that healthcare and education are major issues in Africa and the mobile centre will hopefully help to ease pressure on existing medical services and enable people to get the care they need without travelling for long periods of time.

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