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Arthur Zang, 29, created Africa’s ‘first fully touch screen medical tablet’ enabling people in remote locations access to heart examinations

INNOVATION: Arthur Zang

ARTHUR ZANG is a 29-year-old Cameroonian engineer who invented the Cardiopad, a touch screen medical tablet that enables heart examinations such as the electrocardiogram (ECG) to be performed at remote, rural locations.

The Cardiopad then sends the results of the test wirelessly to specialists who can interpret them.

The device spares African patients living in remote areas the trouble of having to travel to urban centers to seek medical examinations.

According to Arthur, the Cardiopad is “the first fully touch screen medical tablet made in Cameroon and in Africa.”

He believes it is an invention that could save numerous human lives, and says the reliability of the pad device is as high as 97.5%.

Last year, he won a £25,000 ($37,000) prize for his device and the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation by the UK’s Royal Academy of Engineering at a ceremony in the Tanzanian city of Dar es Salaam.

Cameroon, a Central African country with a population of some 20 million people, lays claim to only 30 heart surgeons.

“My uncle died from a stroke after I had already started working on the Cardiopad and this gave me extra motivation to see the project through to the end”, Arthur told the BBC.

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