Aided by FAW trucks, Mogul Medical Solutions provides ‘Tomorrow’s Healthcare Today’
Mogul Medical Solutions founded by Managing Director, Menelisi Moyo, is an inspiring enterprise and one of a kind in Africa.
“Ours is an exciting, unique and innovative medical supplies service. ‘Why?’ you may ask. Because we’re the first, and therefore the only service provider across the continent that has a fully functional online purchase portal with over 8 000 lines on offer. We are also the only medical company with an online store on Facebook in Africa. We distribute across the whole sub-continent.
“Furthermore, Mogul Medical is a certified M.I.B. body builder, which means we are certified to build bodies on any truck, and we can also build trailers, through Mogul’s new Engineering Division, which builds all our mobile clinics and ambulances.”
This is where FAW trucks and FAW Vehicle Manufacturers SA add to the equation with their reliable and durable chassis cabs, which in turn, provide good value-for-money and easy operation, as well as committed service, maintenance and parts supply from the company.
“We make use of the FAW truck brand because it adds to our efficiencies and helps us contain our costs superbly,” says Moyo. “Our business is of such a critical nature, if you consider that it is a crucial supply service, and the fact that good corporate governance is demanded by our clients. We just had to choose the best trucks in terms of reliability and cost efficiency.”
Mogul’s medical supply service is far-reaching. It covers the widest range of products from day-to-day consumable items, like surgical gloves, to wheelchairs. Customers include individuals, clinics and hospitals. Major clients include many embassies across the continent.
Amongst partnership clients you can count major international donor organisations like USAID, Pepfar, UK Aid, while destination countries for Mogul’s products include countries like Ethiopia, Madagascar, Botswana, Zambia, and Rwanda - wherever there is a need for medical supply shipments to be moved either in a crisis or on a routine basis.
In South Africa, one of the largest clients of Mogul’s efficient and cost-effective services is the SA Government and the Department of Health. All the hospitals and brick-and-mortar clinics in the Western Cape are sourcing medical supplies through Mogul Medical Solutions.
Large NGO’s supported by international funders, also source supplies from Mogul, as does the TB HIV Association, an NGO which focuses on HIV prevention and care; and uses treatment kits for Diabetes, TB and for monitoring Cholesterol levels.
It is in the area of mobile clinics that vehicle manufacturer FAW Vehicle Manufacturers SA enjoys its most important relationship with Mogul Medical Solutions.
Two mobile clinics, built on the recently introduced FAW 8.140FL truck chassis, have been commissioned into service. "These units were selected because the trucks can comfortably travel long distances from their base stations in the Western Cape to rural areas in the Eastern Cape and up to Clanwilliam. Our mobile clinics are also specifically equipped to provide circumcision services to rural communities.
“The FAW trucks are kitted out exactly to our NGO clients’ needs. We brand them in the well-recognised colours and with the logos of the NGOs, so that the acceptance levels in the communities where they operate, remains constant.
“We ran other brands and have decided to standardise on FAW trucks because of their affordable offering, good quality levels and superb performance from an operating-cost perspective. Aesthetically the trucks are also good-looking, as well as robust.”
Mogul Medical, together with TB HIV Association, also provides routine services to disadvantaged communities, and the national prison network for a variety of services, amongst others - a mobile X-ray testing facility.
“It is especially our Mobile X-ray Facility, also built on the FAW 8.140FL chassis, of which I’m most proud,” says Moyo. “The truck had to have a particularly strong chassis frame to carry the extra weight as the entire body is lead-lined. Over and above this, the drivetrain had to be powerful and efficient. It had to be of a high quality with superior durability to drive the unit efficiently en- route to its destinations.
The FAW 8.140FL is powered by the Euro III Cummins ISF 3,8 litre engine, delivering a healthy torque at 450Nm between 1 200 and 2 200 rpm, with a solid output of 105kW on tap at 2 600 rpm. This high-pressure, common rail four-cylinder in-line engine is one of the latest from Cummins’ reputable engine ranges and is ideally suited to the medium-weight truck category.
This engine fitted with a turbocharger is water-cooled and intercooled. Benefits of this particular engine include exceptional performance, low operating costs, low weight, low noise and low emissions.
The transmission, which is the six-speed synchromesh manual ZF 6 S 500 TO Ecolite is a great match, taking full advantage of the Cummins powerhouse while adding easy driveability and full driver control.
The FAW 8.140’s drivetrain makes it ideal for weight sensitive, space-constrained applications.
“The braking system is exceptional too. This was also on our ‘demand’ list. The last thing from a reputation risk point-of-view, was that one of our units be involved in a collision and as a result be deemed to be unsafe,” emphasises Moyo.
The addition of ABS and an air-cut parking brake, on a medium-sized truck is invaluable to the safety of driver, truck and payload.
“Furthermore, we have enjoyed guaranteed back-up service and routine maintenance, as well as parts supply in this critical mobile service provision, by the FAW team.”
The company aims to provide to several NGOs, at least eight more mobile clinics, built on a FAW 8.140 FL chassis and bodied by Mogul Medical themselves. Their plan is to have these mobile facilities in service before the year-end.
Those mobile facilities will be kitted out as centres for testing for cervical cancer amongst rural women; circumcision trucks; HIV and testing units; surgical and trauma mobile clinics; mobile dental units; and mobile ear, nose and throat (ENT) clinics.
Mogul Medical Solutions is also looking into the specifications for a possible mobile, eight-bed hospital, to be deployed in major disaster circumstances.
Discussions are under way with several of the ambulance service providers for the supply of Mogul Medical Solution’s innovative mono-cock, which cuts conversion time of ambulances by half and costs R100 000 less than prevailing current market prices for ambulance conversions.
Menelisi Moyo, is a passion-driven entrepreneur. “Providing medical supplies at an affordable price, efficiently and conveniently, is just good business.
“However, and even more importantly, is the personal reward of being part of bringing basic healthcare to so many people who would otherwise not be in a position to access such services under today’s circumstances.
“It is my dream to see many more of these types of healthcare services taken to the communities no matter where they are situated in the farthest reaches of our country.”