Arthur Zang made headlines when he created the Cardiopad, a computer tablet that takes heart readings and sends them to heart specialists. It enables health workers to take the readings and send them to specialists who could be far away.
Such are the African technological advancements that ought to be retold. The impact made by Arthur Zang’s invention is of phenomenal importance, and has made enormous success in tackling the menace of heart complications in Cameroon and Africa at large. Such has been the significance of the device that it is now being sold in Gabon, India and Nepal.
Results from the Cardiopad are sent to a cardiologist and can be interpreted within 20 minutes. The device is allotted to hospitals and clinics free of charge, all that patients have to do is pay an affordable $29 annual subscriptions.
Arthur figured the problems associated with heart ailments for the Cameroon population. Cardiologists are few; they are distances apart with their patients and grossly disproportionate for the population. The touch-screen medical tablet solves this by bridging the divide between the patient and cardiologists. What this means is that lives are now being saved as early detection is now prevalent.
Zang has received some worthy recognitions for his life-saving work. The Cameroonian government awarded him over 300 000 Euros for the development and construction of the devices. He is a recipient of the African Mobile award and was also included in the “30 under 30: World Changers” list by TIME Magazine.
This is what Africa needs; technology that changes lives. Technology that addresses the real problems faced by the average citizen. If Africa continues to have youth who have developed such a mindset, this continent will be a great force to reckon (as it is proving to be).