How MRIs and Remote Surgery Could Transform African Healthcare


The past thirty years have seen an unprecedented rise in the quality of medical treatment available in the developing world, as well as a drastic improvement in the type of cutting-edge technology employed to treat patients. Due in part to a combination of the computer revolution and high-speed global communications, a greater number of people can now enjoy longer and healthier lives. With such vast leaps forward in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of ailments, we are well on our way to witnessing a transformation in the African healthcare system. This is specifically the case with the increased use of MRI technology and remote surgical techniques. Let us look briefly at the benefits associated with each and how they relate to the African medical community.

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MRI Scanning

MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is a non-invasive technology which allows doctors to literally ‘peer inside’ of the human body. As opposed to x-rays that give little detail to regions other than the skeleton, an MRI can display the internal tissues and organs with an intricacy never before possible. It’s no surprise that these diagnostic tools have become instrumental in our early detection of cancers, as well as a host of other life threatening injuries and conditions. An MRI test can usually be completed in less than an hour and provides the medical professional with a clear prognosis and insight as to further treatment options.

Robotic Surgery

Robotic surgery is another great leap forward in the medical field. The first distinct advantage of this type of operation is that robotic devices are far more precise than human hands, allowing for less-invasive procedures and faster recovery times. Furthermore, these machines can be made to perform techniques on a very small scale and are therefore ideal for exacting procedures that involve delicate areas of the body such as emergency surgery for head or neck trauma. Finally, doctors can utilise these machines from across the globe due to the power of high-speed internet. Thus, hospitals in Africa can enjoy precise and highly sophisticated medical expertise regardless of their location.

The New Availability of Modern Medical Technology

Thankfully, these advanced technologies are now available in Africa and are growing in numbers every year. While at one time the medical community was considered substandard in some parts of this continent, funding has now been made available from both the public and private sector. Governments are contributing a great deal of money to help guarantee the health and safety of their citizens, while innovative private organisations such as Deux Projects International, under the expert direction of Dr. Tunji Olowolafe (also known as Olatunji Olowolafe), have contributed both financial and logistical support to many regions in Nigeria.

Deux Projects is a perfect example of how privatised companies can contribute valuable resources to the medical industry. Deux Projects International helps provide the latest equipment and the newest technological innovations to many hospitals and have greatly contributed to the overall improvement of Nigeria’s healthcare system.

Such an influx of funds and materiel is crucial to allow expanding populations in such regions to continue their growth, while preventing many diseases and illnesses with technological advancements. As governments alone cannot completely cover all of the financing necessary, support from such companies as Deux Projects International has been a critical factor in the healthcare system’s drastic upward trajectory. We can only expect to see the availability of these advanced treatment options grow in the years ahead.

Written by: Nnamdi’s day job as a lawyer means that he is involved on a daily basis with international development projects. He is passionate about the improvements to people’s lives that can come through improvements in national infrastructure in Africa, particularly in improving the delivery of health services, Nnamdi closely follows the work of Dr. Tunji Olowolafe CEO of Deux Project Ltd focusing on the long term gains in economic development that comes with improved healthcare standards and the infrastructure developments needed.

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