Second Year Students at the University College Makerere have invented a Pregnancy Scan Machine.
Africans are progressing in every sector as days pass by. Uganda is one of the countries in Africa who has recently won an honor in the Microsoft East and Southern Imagine cup competition. These students have again boosted the image of the continent. Three second year students of the department of Computing and Information Technology in Makerere University namely; Aaron Tushabe, Joshua Okello and Josiah Kavuma have invented a hand-held pregnacy scan-like machine called WinSenga.
The machine, which consists of a funnel-like pinnard horn similar to the one used by midwives, can be used to scan a pregnant woman’s womb or detect problems such as ectopic pregnancy or abnormal foetal heart beats. According to the team of students, “We called it WinSenga to relate to traditional birth attendants.”
According to the inventors, they conceived the idea of inventing this device after their visit to one of the local hospitals in the country. In their words, “when you go to our hospitals, you find the midwife using the traditional pinard to listen to the baby’s heartbeat. But they might not always hear anything or get enough details about the baby. We thought we could aid doctors to give the best services,”
“With this device, you can know how old the fetus is, whether it is underweight, its position and breathing pattern. Then decide on what precaution to take or the treatment to give,” said Tushabe. “You can access the information anytime you log on because once you are done with diagnosis, it records automatically.”
This is a huge transformation for the country as a whole.