Can Mobile Medical Clinics Help Fight The Coronavirus?
As of this time, over 100 people have now died from the Coronavirus that has been spreading like wildfire through Wuhan China. An estimated 4,500 people have been infected and America is evacuating its citizens from the country and other countries are following suit. How did this all start? What is happening and why are so many people dying? Is there anything else that can be done? Coronavirus isn’t a new virus that just popped up out of nowhere. Coronaviruses have been around since their discovery in the 1960’s. You have undoubtably have heard of other forms of Coronavirus such as Ebola, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). However, A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. This is the Coronavirus strain that has been discovered in Wuhan. A Coronavirus is named for its crown-like shape and its symptoms typically resemble that of the common cold or respiratory issues and can be fatal. However, for as fatal as this strain has been, a recent report in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) published last week finds that the new virus isn’t as infectious as SARS or MERS, which sickened thousands more in previous epidemics. Hopefully that trend will continue and this epidemic wont become a dreaded pandemic. However, how can we better prepare ourselves for future epidemics like this? One answer is better access to medical treatment. A lot of these viruses spread from more rural areas. Areas that do not have adequate sanitation, food handling practices and a lack of access to adequate healthcare, seem to be where these viruses spring up from. A lot of this can be from local traditions, lack of proper plumbing or access to clean water or just education on proper practices and procedures. So how can we get adequate healthcare to these areas? The answer is a mobile medical clinic!
Mobile medical clinics can traverse into desolate or isolated areas and provide medical care. Many of the units that Aleph Group Inc build have up to 4 medical beds in them. The ability to treat 4 patients at a time in rural areas that typically have either no adequate healthcare, poor healthcare or if adequate doctors do show up, it’s typically set up in tents with tarps or dirt for floors doing their best to treat their patients. Mobile medical units provide climate controlled, sanitary environments for patient treatment. Large, on board water tanks offer clean water and solar power and diesel generators offer on site power for medical equipment such as X-ray machines, mammography units, exam beds, overhead lighting, wall diagnostic kits and more.
A mobile medical unit can provide crucial services to these areas that a Dr. in a tent might not be able to provide. Having more health agencies and non profits equipped with mobile medical units could help with the prevention of many treatable illnesses. Imagine if World Bank, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the WHO along with a myriad of nonprofits and local government all deployed multiple mobile medical units to these locations. How many people could they give better healthcare service to? Could Bill Gates finally eradicate Polio? Would we see a decrease in these treatable illnesses? A mobile medical unit certainly would be a great tool to fix the global health crisis.
If your organization has been thinking about deploying a mobile medical unit to help aid your fight for global or local healthcare, give us a call. Aleph Group Inc has been manufacturing mobile medical units for over 10 years now. We take a very personal approach with each client to work with them to develop the perfect unit for their organizations needs. All of our units are built out of our beautiful Riverside California location and can be delivered to your site anywhere around the world. Financing and lease options are also available. We hope to hear from you soon!