MITAS Medical Inc. which provides remote ophthalmic consulting services (based in Minato-Ku. CEO Dr. Naofumi Kita. Hereinafter referred to as “MITAS”) has been chosen as one of the “Health Care Industry International Promotion Project by Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry for the fiscal year of Reiwa 4”; subsidized project organized by General Incorporated Association “Medical Excellence JAPAN”. As a part of this project, we’ve started demo project for remote ophthalmic consulting service in Bangladesh (please see below)
There’s a serious shortage of ophthalmologists in some areas of Asia and Africa. On top of that, they tend to reside in the city. Therefore, these areas have been facing accessibility issues. Due to this problem around the world, around 36 million people have lost their eyesight and some are caused by diseases that could have been avoided with an access to a proper medical consultation.
Bangladesh is one of the countries facing the same problem as the ratio of ophthalmologists within the country is roughly 1/10th of Japan and most reside in the capital city of “dhaka”. It costs time and money to get to the city and is one of the causes for 1.5% of adults losing their eyesights. Although the number of medical clinics within the country has doubled in the past 10 year, the healthcare sector in Bangladesh is still facing a shortage of doctors and nurses. Ophthalmology is not an exception and the lack of resources is serious.
About the project
MITAS will be providing mobile ophthalmic examination devices and designated apps (both developed by MITAS) to the areas with a lack of accessibility to ophthalmic services as stated in the social background above. Through our products, we are providing remote medical consultation service aiming for an early detection of eye diseases such as cataract to prevent the loss of eyesight by improving the access to ophthalmic examination.