The first civilian Rand Rover equipped with a satellite terminal is being used in Swaziland to help fight disease.
SWAZILAND (MUTE) RECENT. (PUBLICITY MATERIAL):
1. GV Truck carrying mobile satellite arrives at hospital. 0.15
2. SCU PULL BACK TO GV Technicians operate equipment 0.39
3. SV Baby Sibonelo Fakudze and parents (3 shots) 1.03
4. SV INTERIOR Keyboard and equipment inside truck, and visual display terminals being operated (3 shot) 1.48
UNITED KINGDOM: (SOUND) AUGUST 8: (WALLER):
5. CU Mono monitor picture being received, showing Fakudze (3 shots) 2.39
6. SV INTERIOR Doctor speaks while viewing monitor 2.47
7. SV Parents holding baby Fakudze 2.54
8. SV Satellite truck on road. 3.00
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The first civilian Rand Rover equipped with a satellite terminal is being used in Swaziland to help fight disease. The mobile terminal, which is still being tested, was commission by the International maritime satellite organisations Inmarsat. It is designed to allow sophisticated medical diagnoses to be carried out in areas remote from medical expertise. In one of the first trials in Swaziland, held on August 8, the terminal was used to diagnose a case of the rare Crouzon's disease in a young child, Sibonelo Fakudze. A slow-scan television transmission of Sibonelo's visible symptoms was made from the heart of Swaziland to the headquarters of Inmarsat in London, which provided the appropriate advice. The Land Rover's terminal, telephone, telex and data communications as well as slow-scan television transmissions, Medical experts say the units would be of enormous benefit in disaster relief operations and disease eradication programmes in areas with no proper medical facilities.
Source: REUTERS - LEO WALLER AND SWAZI TELEVISION