In Cameroon, they will soon mend your heart from a distance

Innovative 'cardiopad' mobile system could revolutionise rural heart healthcare.

Cameroonian engineer, Arthur Zang, was just 24 years old when he invented Africa’s first “cardiopad” - a mobile system which transmits a cardiac signal over a mobile network, allowing heart patients in remote areas to access vital medical assistance. 

Medical staff at the Bafia hospital are now conducting trials with the touch screen medical tablet that enables heart examinations, such as the electrocardiogram, to be performed at remote, rural locations while the results of the tests are transferred wirelessly to specialists who can interpret them.

Cameroon has a population of about 22 million people, but with only 40 heart surgeons concentrated in Douala or Yaounde, the cardiopad would be a real lifesaver.

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