A new solar-powered mobile health centre will offer
healthcare in rural areas for people to benefit from eye, ear, blood and dental
Solar Powered Health Centre runs completely on the sun’s energy and various
solar power units. It has three cubicles, one for eye and blood tests,
dental clinic and ear clinic.
Kea' Modimoeng, Corporate Citizenship manager of Samsung
Africa, says that Samsung are very active in finding green solutions and that
Africa is the perfect place for the model centre.
"Health and education are big issues. We found it very
important to come up with programmes to tap into the resource we have in
abundance, which is the sun," Modimoeng said.
Modimoeng says through their work and interactions with schools
and the various departments in governments around Africa, they've established
that learner performance is not only affected by the lack of commitment but in
some instances critical health issues.
"Through solar power and this mobile health solution,
we will be able to drive into schools and communities in the utmost rural areas
to promote the culture of proactive medical tests."
The centres will focus on educating communities about health
issues and encouraging people to take tests as preventative measure.
A large focus will be placed on screening people to
establish conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, tooth decay and cataracts.
Healthcare doesn't come cheaply, which is why the service is
free to all who live in the communities the health centre will visit.
Modimoeng stresses that the equipment is
highly specialised from an x-ray unit, digital amalgamator, needle incinerator
and blood analyser, to a spectacle repair kit and screening audiometer oscilla
SM930 with headset and response switch.