Tuberculosis (TB) is the world’s deadliest infectious disease, causing more than 4000 deaths per day. The World Health Organization estimates 46,000 new TB cases occur in Ghana every year. TB primarily attacks the lungs but can also attack any part of the human body such as the kidney, spine, and brain. The bacteria which cause TB is airborne. When a pulmonary TB patient sneezes, coughs speaks or sings they expel bacteria that may be inhaled by people nearby, who could subsequently become infected. If not treated properly, TB can be fatal. With such dire statistics, the global fight against TB is crucially important and proudly supported by Delft Imaging. It is estimated to have saved 54 million lives since the year 2000.
Three people fall sick every ten seconds, and three people die every minute from TB worldwide. TB remains the world’s most deadly infectious disease with a staggering 4000 deaths per day. Thankfully, the global fight against TB has also saved an estimated 54 million lives since the year 2000.
For the past five years, Universal Delft of Accra has been at the forefront of Ghana’s fight against TB. Throughout their operation, they have facilitated the acceleration of case detection of TB in Ghana by installing 56 digital X-ray systems with CAD4TB Artificial Intelligence (AI) software across the country and capacity building through the training of Ghanaian engineers, radiographers, and clinicians. This was made possible through generous funding from the bilateral governmental project between the Ghanaian and the Dutch Governments.
Accordingly effective from July 15th, 2021, Universal Delft (Ghana), which is a subsidiary of Delft Imaging (The Netherlands), will be rebranded as Delft Imaging. This change of name demonstrates the already existing teamwork and synergy between both teams.
During its five years of existence, Universal Delft has practically evolved into Delft Imaging’s unit for installation, comprehensive servicing and training all over the world with its focus on Africa. For me, the rebranding underlines the determination of both companies to serve our common customers optimally, enabling the customers to focus on their efforts to combat TB.
– Dr. Maurits Verhagen, Managing Director of Delft Imaging, Ghana
We have very talented teams, both in Ghana and in the Netherlands. Bringing them under one family name will stimulate the integration and synergy between both teams. We are really looking forward to expanding our teams and we believe that by focussing on innovations we can tackle healthcare challenges in an expanding Africa.
– CEO of Delft Imaging, Guido Geerts, The Netherlands
Delft Imaging has also provided donations to Amasaman Hospital (Ga West Municipal Hospital) to assist the facility in detecting more TB cases and help patients receive appropriate treatment. Donations include chairs for the waiting area of the hospital’s digital X-ray container unit, chairs, and storage drawers for the DOT/Counselling center, and one thousand medical X-ray films and inks amounting to 2.000 euros (14,500 GhC).
Amasaman Hospital Administrator, Mr. Polley, Medical Superintendent Dr. Sarpong Ntiamoah, and Ghanian National TB Program Manager Dr. Yaw Adusi-Poku were present to receive the support items from Dr. Maurits Verhagen, Managing Director of Delft Imaging – Ghana, and Guido Geerts, CEO of Delft Imaging.