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Radiographer invents portable scanner to save pregnant mothers

By Ritah Monica Mukasa

Added 28th September 2019 01:33 PM

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends at least one ultrasound scan before 24 weeks' gestation and eight total prenatal visits for expecting mothers.

Radiographer invents portable scanner to save pregnant mothers

Health worker using Mscan on a pregnant woman. Photos by Ritah Mukasa

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends at least one ultrasound scan before 24 weeks' gestation and eight total prenatal visits for expecting mothers.

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KAMPALA - The maternal mortality rate is still high in Uganda. Over 16 mothers die every day while giving birth.  Of these, seven die due to risk factors that can be prevented early enough during pregnancy using an ultrasound scan.  

These include; preeclampsia, overweight and diabetes among others.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends at least one ultrasound scan before 24 weeks' gestation and eight total prenatal visits for expecting mothers.

 hyllis yomuhendo Phyllis Kyomuhendo

 
Unfortunately, mothers in rural areas can neither afford this service nor access it. This leaves them in the hands of fate.

It's against this background that Phyllis Kyomuhendo 25, invented Mobile Scan Solutions (Mscan),  a device that performs ultrasounds.

It is a low-cost mobile ultrasound device that helps health workers diagnose pregnancy complications in low-income areas.

It uses a portable probe and a tablet, laptop, or smartphone.

 omplete ultrasound ystem ultrasound probe software running ultrasound gel and tissue to clean gel off the patient after a scan Complete ultrasound System: ultrasound probe, software running, ultrasound gel and tissue to clean gel off the patient after a scan

 
In other words, this innovation informs trained healthcare workers and midwives about potential risk-factors during delivery.

Together with her team of young medical professionals, Kyomuhendo extends low-cost mobile Ultrasound devices to hard -to- reach areas across the country including the remotest corners and islands.

For example, recently, the team went to Karamoja where they spent a week extending lifesaving ultrasound services to pregnant mothers. Over 120 mothers received antenatal scans for the very first time.

Away from that, on September 5, Kyomuhendo was announced among the six winners of the ‘Champions of Science Africa Innovation Challenge 2.0' during the 28th World Economic Forum on Africa in Cape Town, South Africa.

She won together with another Ugandan, Joan Nalubega of Uganics mosquito repellent soap.

 yomuhendo 4th ight with her teammates Kyomuhendo (4th Right) with her teammates

 
The pair was sieved from over 900 applicants from 39 countries.

They are among the six winners who shared $300,000 (Approximately sh1.1bn).

This is in addition to extensive mentoring and connection network building, to support the expansion and sustainability of their projects.

Meanwhile, the challenge seeks to boost innovations across critical healthcare areas including; blood delivery, healthcare worker burnout, hearing loss, jaundice, malaria, and ultrasound access.

On the other hand, last year, Kyomuhendo emerged overall achiever in the 2018 Young achievers' award thanks to her Mscan innovation.  

Kyomuhendo is a passionate social entrepreneur and innovator with two years of experience in the social-innovations sector.

 yomuhendo and her colleagues in alangala Kyomuhendo and her colleagues in Kalangala

 
However, her childhood dream was to become a secretary little knowing she would end up a medical radiographer by profession.

After her A levels at Uganda Martyrs Namugongo, she joined Makerere University where she pursued Medical Radiography. This enables diagnostics to use machines such as ultrasound scanners, Xrays, CT scans and Magnetic resonance imaging (MRIs).

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