MFU Wellness Center and FUJIFILM forge partnership in conducting physical checkup in remote area of Chiang Rai, including Ban Laolew and Ban Pangmahan with the aim of promoting proactive tuberculosis screening and reducing limitations to basic healthcare services among locals, hill tribes and stateless minorities.
Ban Laolew and Ban Pangmahan are the geographically remote communities in Chiang Rai where are located uphill and almost hundred kilometers away from the city center. The locals encountered difficulty in accessing to healthcare services and never had a chance to take X-ray due mainly to X-ray van inaccessibility. Moreover, it was reported that 67 tuberculosis patients were found in Mae Fah Luang, Chiang Rai in 2021 with 8.95 per cent of mortality rate per annum. For this reason, the collaborative partnership between MFU Wellness Center and FUJIFILM is established to tackle this issue through the integration of MFU Wellness Center’s holistic healthcare services, ranging from basic healthcare to complicated medical surgeries, and FUJIFILM’s medical innovation, FDR Xair, the portable X-ray unit with capability to X-ray bedridden patients.
In this event, there was a total of 550 people who had registered for the checkup and 147 cases were detected to develop pulmonary-related condition and were given appointments for treatment in the next step.
Assoc. Prof. Chayaporn Wattanasiri, Ph.D., President of Mae Fah Luang University, said “Mae Fah Luang University was established by the name of the mother of King Rama IX, Her Royal Highness Princess Srinagarindra, who was lovingly known to her subjects as Mae Fah Luang. HRH Princess Srinagarindra lavished her attention upon overall health and well-being of her subjects that contributed to the foundation of MFU Wellness Center for providing people with basic healthcare services which prevent people from getting sick and reduce the burden on national health expenditure. To maintain one’s good health, MFU Wellness Center is strongly oriented towards education and prevention rather than treatment as in our mission to achieving sustainable healthcare.”.
Asst. Prof. Thawatchai Aphidechakul, Dr.P.H., Acting Director of MFU Wellness Center, Mae Fah Luang University, added “MFU Wellness center operates its services through 3P strategy: Prediction, Prevention and Promotion, which heavily emphasizes on people who face difficulty in getting medical services. Previously, we came across obstacles to providing mobile checkup and reaching out to TB patients in remote areas as the equipment that we have cannot be relocated into the areas. So, the physical checkup under the collaboration of MFU Wellness Center and FUJIFILM, that offers medical equipment support, has allowed medical professionals to provide diagnosis, basic healthcare services, and treatment for people with proper care.
Mr. Yuto Kumagai, Assistant to Managing Director, FUJIFILM (Thailand) Ltd., stated “As a responsible corporate citizen, Fujifilm is firmly committed to solve social issues in all dimensions, especially health inequality. To solve the abovementioned issue, we continuously create and develop our medical innovations and technologies which cover three key health aspects: Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment. In this mobile checkup, we understand the limitation to accessing remote areas, so we bring our medical imaging solution, FDR Xair, to support medical professionals in this physical checkup, contributing to relieving burdens on the medical staff.”
[FDR Xair is a compact and portable X-ray unit with only 3.5 kilos in weight. It is suitable for bedridden patient X-ray and mobile checkup in the remote areas where X-ray van cannot access. The X-ray unit gives safe and sufficient radiation dose as recommended by WHO. In addition, the FDR Xair is equipped with AI technology which could transfer X-ray images onto computer and locate lung abnormalities rapidly and accurately]
Fujifilm always places strong emphasis on solving social issues, especially health issue that affects not only on individual, but creates negative impacts to the wider society. In 2021, Fujifilm launched its new corporate campaign "NEVER STOP" that reinforces its commitment to never stop creating wide range innovations and technologies that allow people to live a healthier life and create new values, given back to society.
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