Econet targets miners

ECONET Wireless Global subsidiary, Cumii International (Cumii), has unveiled a new health product to be known as connected healthcare as part of the group’s initiative to offer practical solutions to everyday challenges in the markets in which it operates.

Staff Writer

The product enables miners to monitor and measure their blood sugar and blood pressure at home and is integrated to a network of support services including a medical practitioner and next of kin. The product also comes with relevant health tips and a dial a doctor service.

The latest technology, which presents patient information via smartphone or tablet, comes at a time when the majority of miners in the country are succumbing to various diseases such as tuberculosis (TB) and the deadly pneumoconiosis that are only detected at an advanced stage.

Cumii is a pan African company with operations in Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

“Africa is on the threshold of a new era of innovation and change with the convergence of industry powered by computing, analytics, low cost sensing and higher level of connectivity. This is bringing a profound transformation to many aspects of daily life and our ways of working,” Cumii chief executive Norman Moyo said. 

Health experts believe Cumii’s latest product, together with improved lifestyle habits, will help miners live longer and become more productive.

“Lethargic lifestyle habits, combined with lack of control over their blood sugar levels, can lead to complications for diabetes patients. As such, it is advisable these patients, given their greater risk levels, use web-connected devices recommended by their physicians. Being connected to a device that lets them more closely monitor their glucose levels can alert both patients and doctors to any dangerous trends,” said medical doctor Richard Langmead.

This comes after latest statistics from the National Social Security Authority (NSSA) show that 27 suspected TB cases were picked by the Medical Bureau between January and July 2015 while 17 pneumoconiosis cases were diagnosed during the period.

Several mining companies such as Metallon Gold and Bindura Nickel Corporation have already embraced connected healthcare.