The maternal mortality rate in Indonesia is currently the highest in the world at 300 deaths per 1,000 deliveries. One of the causes is almost no access in the regions and remote areas to USG equipment to detect any physical defects or abnormal condition in the fetus during pregnancy as such equipment is only available in large hospitals and modern clinics in the country’s major cities.
This situation has inspired multinational electronic company General Electric (GE) to develop the usage of mini USGs nationwide. The US$7,000 (about Rp 53 million) per unit gadget is only as large as a mobile phone.
“Apart from detecting physical defects of babies this device can also be used to detect a number of other internal diseases such as of the liver and heart,” said president and CEO of GE Healthcare System Omar S. Ishrak, 54, in Jakarta.
Albeit small in size, Omar sai...