On Thursday, 29 May, the Minister of Economic Development, Ebrahim Patel, announced the roll-out of 12 Lodox full-body, low-dose X-ray scanners in medical facilities across Gauteng. The scanners will be installed during the current financial year, nine of them going to large hospitals which have a high trauma load, and the other three going to forensic pathology services (FPS) laboratories. The Minister said that “this is the first part of the national roll-out across the health care system,” adding that “the technology … could assist government with achieving its National Health Insurance (NHI) objectives.”
The order was placed on the back of a pilot programme which demonstrated the value of the Lodox scanner in trauma at three large hospitals in Gauteng: Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital, Charlotte Maxeke Academic Hospital and Bertha Gxowa Hospital in Germiston.
The first installation in this series is currently underway at the Pretoria FPS Laboratories, with the second to follow at Johannesburg FPS Laboratories mid-June.
This is a major coup for Lodox Systems, and it shows the Government’s commitment to supporting local industry and enterprise. Lodox Systems is a proudly South African company that has been making inroads into the market in South Africa, as well as in several countries around the world. The major shareholder is the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) whose mandate is to support and fund innovative ideas and technology that can be commercialised, thus creating sustainable development for South Africa, and placing South Africa firmly on the world map of technological innovation.
Several news agencies and newspapers have picked up on the story: BusinessDay’s BDLive, SouthAfrica.info, Engineering News, SAnews, Arrive Alive, Polity and GardenRoute.com. And for the budding engineers of the future, SABC3 will be featuring Lodox in Technorati, a programme on medical innovations, at 09h05 on Saturday, 31 May.
Lodox thanks the Minister for his vision and support, and for believing in a truly great South African product which has been making a name for itself here in South Africa, as well as globally.
Don’t you just love it when a plan comes together!