EASE Ghana Ltd, a subsidiary of African Asset Finance Company that provides diagnostic equipment to healthcare organizations, announced its first customer, which marks the launch of the EASE program in Ghana, where a Siemens CT scanner will be installed into FOCOS Orthopedic and Spine Hospital. The EASE Healthcare program will support medical organizations across Africa in delivering the highest possible standard of healthcare to their patients. Ease management indicated great enthusiasm that FOCOS Hospital will be its first customer. In recent years, FOCOS Orthopedic and Spine Hospital has undergone a period of significant growth in clinic attendance. Between 2020 and 2022, the number of patients rose 60% year-over-year to >11,000 – a figure that continues to rise. Through EASE, Ghana’s pay-per-scan service, the hospital will now be able to meet this increasing demand without facing exorbitant up-front costs – instead meeting the capital expense of its new Siemens CT scanner through cash flows generated in the use of the equipment itself. Dr. Bernt Bieber, Senior Vice President, Siemens Healthineers stated that the EASE program aligns with the Company's purpose of making healthcare available to everyone, no matter where they live and could meaningfully change the way healthcare is administered and accessed in the growing African market. EASE Ghana will upgrade FOCOS Hospital’s existing, non-functioning CT scanner to a new Somatom Go. Up CT 64 slice model from Siemens Healthineers, which will allow the hospital to significantly increase its daily exam volumes, boosting its ability to meet the needs of its patients without technical constraints on how many patients can be examined on a daily basis.
Equipment-as-a-Service (EASE®) is an AAFC program that provides access to high-quality equipment – including maintenance, training and support – to businesses and organizations across Africa, allowing them to pay for the use of the equipment with the cashflows the equipment itself helps to generate. EASE® addresses and alleviates the need to invest capital in equipment, contributes to the circular economy, and allows customers to focus on total cost of ownership and quality instead of concentrating on the initial cash outlay.
FOCOS Hospital is a highly reputable and experienced operator in the orthopedics specialty in Ghana. It is a 60-bed private, not-for-profit orthopedic hospital and has served over 75,000 patients from across the West African Region over the past 11 years. FOCOS Hospital’s medical teams have conducted circa 3,800 complex spine, joint replacements, and other surgeries.