EASE® Expands Its Healthcare Program in Africa With Signing of New Customer HTS Diagnostic Centre

LAGOS, Nigeria — EASE®, a subsidiary of African Asset Finance Company (AAFC), today announces the signing of its first customer – HTS Diagnostic Centre (HTS) – and the launch of its Healthcare program in Nigeria.

EASE®’s innovative pay-per-use program will enable HTS to pay for the installation and use of a new Siemens Magnetom Free.Star Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scanner from the cashflows generated by using the equipment. By providing “equipment-as-a-service”, the EASE® Healthcare program is supporting medical organisations like HTS to deliver the highest standards of care to their patients by making access to the latest medical technology more cost-effective.

“We are thrilled to bring the latest low-helium MRI technology to a promising diagnostic centre in Lagos, Nigeria,” said Kanyinsola Oyeyinka, AAFC’s VP Healthcare, responsible for AAFC’s EASE® Healthcare program across the continent. “With its promises of higher quality imaging and greater energy savings, HTS will be well positioned to deliver the highest standard of care to its patients.”

Imraan Soomra, Chief Operations Officer of AAFC, added: “The Healthcare program is a significant element in our wider EASE® initiative, and we take pride in making quality medical infrastructure more readily accessible for our customers. Not only does the program ultimately benefit their organisation, but it also improves the quality of health services and overall health outcomes. I am particularly excited about this partnership with HTS led by Dr.Badmus and believe that it will be a steppingstone towards more opportunities for us to expand the availability of state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment for patients across Nigeria.”

Since its establishment in 2019, Hospital for Trauma and Surgery has made its name as a leading orthopaedic specialist hospital, performing over 500 surgical procedures since opening its doors. The new diagnostic centre will be able to offer MRI services to HTS’ growing patient population in Lagos state.

Through the EASE® pay-per-scan solution, the HTS Diagnostic Centre can now offer a broader range of services with its new Siemens MRI scanner without facing an up-front capital expense, instead paying for its use from the cashflows generated while using the equipment.

“Our pay-per-use model will ensure that HTS is not only able to access the highest quality equipment but also benefit from continuous maintenance, operator training and ongoing support, enabling HTS to deliver a more consistent and reliable service to its patients,” said Mustapha Afinowi, EASE® Nigeria’s Senior Business Development Manager.

Dr. Badmus, founder of HTS Diagnostic Centre and CEO of HTS commented: “With EASE®, we’re able to access the latest technology from Siemens Healthineers that will allow us to offer the highest quality images and a reliable service to all our clients. This new scanner will support our goal to be a market leader in providing quality diagnostic services in Lagos state.”

Dr Bernt Bieber, Senior Vice President, Siemens Healthineers, said: “EASE® provides the customer an alternative to investing in the equipment outright, with flexible terms, and with the possibility to pay in local currency. It aligns with our purpose of making healthcare available to everyone, no matter where they live, and could meaningfully change the way healthcare is administered and accessed amid growing demand in Africa. We are excited that this great program is now also available in Nigeria!”

The Siemens Healthineers Magnetom Free.Star belongs to a new generation of scanners with excellent image quality and innovative design. It allows HTS to provide a reliable MRI service and meet the diagnostic needs of its patients with lower risk of service interruption due to power fluctuations and helium loss.

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