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IDC and Thinklabs donate stethoscopes to Tygerberg hospital

“Improving access to quality healthcare, especially in previously marginalised communities, is a part of the IDC’s broader development mandate”, said IDC regional manager for the Western Cape, Lizo Ntloko.

Speaking when IDC in partnership with Diacoustic Medical Devices donated 10 Thinklabs electronic stethoscopes to Tygerberg hospital, Ntloko disclosed that IDC’s CSI initiatives had evolved over the years enabling the institution to strategically position in responce to shifting social and economic dynamics in the country.

The stethoscopes donated to the hospital will be used for auscultation training to the Tygerberg cardiology department in Cape Town.

“Access to quality healthcare is a universal right which should not only be enjoyed by a privileged few in our society. Therefore, our decision to be part of this project at Tygerberg hospital is borne out of our conviction that we need to broaden access to quality healthcare. And this can only be achieved by equipping public healthcare institutions such as Tygerberg hospital with modern equipment.”

According to statistics provided by Thinklabs – the US based manufacturer of the electronic stethoscopes donated, about one out of a hundred babies are born with a congenital heart defect. This results in a heart murmur, which is often challenging to detect when using an ordinary auscultation methods.

Speaking at the same event the CEO of Thinklabs, Clive Smith, explained that structural heart defects were difficult to detect and by using high tech equipment such as electronic stethoscopes, it becomes easier to detect.

“The good thing about this product is that it can also be used as a lecturing tool in classrooms,” added Mr. Smith.

Ntloko donated R50000 worth of Thinklabs electronic Stethoscopes to the Tygerberg hospital cardiology faculty for use in further research and development, a donation that was matched by Thinklabs CEO Clive Smith. “I’m also happy to learn that if successful, more stethoscopes of this quality will be rolled out in other public healthcare institutions,” said Ntloko.

 All smiles after the donation. Thys Cronje, Managing Director of Diacoustic Medical Devices, Lizo Ntloko, IDC Western Cape Regional Manager ,Prof Anton Doubell, Head of Cardiology, Tygerberg Hospital, Clive Smith CEO of Thinklabs Medical and Dr Alfonso Pecoraro, Cardiologist at Tygerberg Hospital

All smiles after the donation. Thys Cronje, Managing Director of Diacoustic Medical Devices, Lizo Ntloko, IDC Western Cape Regional Manager ,Prof Anton Doubell, Head of Cardiology, Tygerberg Hospital, Clive Smith CEO of Thinklabs Medical and Dr Alfonso Pecoraro, Cardiologist at Tygerberg Hospital

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