First Lady Kartumu Boakai Dedicates Four AI X-ray Machines for TB Diagnosis

MONROVIA: Four state-of-the-art artificial intelligence (AI) X-ray equipment were recently donated to Liberia, supporting the country’s efforts to end tuberculosis through early diagnosis, prevention, and treatment.

During the World TB Day celebration on Monday, First Lady Kartumu Yarta Boakai dedicated new equipment, stating that it was a major advancement in the country’s effort to put tuberculosis in the past.

“These are not just tools, but elements of progress, innovation, and hope, validated by the World Health Organization, WHO,” Mrs. Boakai declared. “They produce TB reports in less than 15 seconds, serving as a platform for TB screening program and case management.”

One of the newly donated AI X-ray machines

Situated in four major hospitals (TB Annex, JFK Medical Center, Redemption Hospital, and C. H. Rennie Hospital in Montserrado and Margibi Counties), the state-of-the-art equipment are the first of their kind in the nation.

The day’s main speaker, First Lady Boakai, expressed her belief that the advanced technology available today will significantly advance the battle against tuberculosis.

She expressed her gratitude to the Global Fund, partners, and stakeholders for helping the Ministry of Health enhance the general health of Liberians.

The First Lady was joined in commissioning the equipment by Health Minister Dr. Lousie Kpoto, as well as representatives from the World Health Organization, USAID, Partners in Health, Plan International, JFK Hospital, and the Liberian Senate Health Committee.

Given that Liberia is one of the less developed countries with a high number of cases, the TB sickness is thought to be significant there. Nonetheless, the nation has accomplished a great deal, particularly in the area of illness treatment. The 2023 Demographic and Health Indicator Survey estimates that 76.6 percent of Liberians are successful in their TB treatments.

During her keynote speech, First Lady Boakai pledged her office to supporting the national effort to combat tuberculosis while also acknowledging the progress that has been made and challenging everyone to do more.

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