Pneumonia affects millions of people each year and is usually diagnosed by looking at the patient’s symptoms and patient past records. It is normally misdiagnosed with malaria, asthma and tuberculosis. These diseases have many signs in common and there is need to clearly differentiate them. Lack of a clear differentiation between viral and bacterial pneumonia during diagnosis leads to wrong administration of drugs especially antibiotics which creates resistance. Research also has it that most lives are lost when the disease is under-estimated i.e. when its severity is not known.
The Mama Ope biomedical smart jacket distinguishes pneumonia’s symptoms – temperature, breathing rate and sound of the lungs – and eliminate most human error, this will aid community health workers, clinicians and nurses measure pneumonia symptoms accurately and in good time.
With the MamaOpe jacket half of all the global deaths of children under the age of five in Sub Saharan Africa will be saved once it is distributed to the affected countries. This will also help reduce the rates of antibiotic resistance brought about due to misdiagnosis.