Initiated by the University of Ruhuna, the National Mobile Service Provider Mobitel recently partnered the Nuclear Medicine Unit of the Faculty of Medicine, Karapitiya to offer parents across Sri Lanka the facility to make payments via mCash for medical screening tests for Congenital Hypothyroidism and Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia in newly born babies.
These tests ensure the early detection of illness including mental disorders that newborns could be subject to at birth. The screening is conducted by the Nuclear Medicine Unit subsequent to the collection of blood samples at any hospital preferred by parents.
The mCash facility offers parents the convenience of making payments for the tests via their mobile phone, or at a mCash Retailer Location nearest to the hospital. The partnership between University of Ruhuna and Mobitel also provides an extended benefit by providing the convenience of obtaining the test results via SMS to the mobile number, entered on one’s own mobile or provided to the mCash Retailer at the point of payment. The payment can be simply done by selecting ‘Pay Institute’, followed by ‘Other Institutes’, and then by selecting ‘NBS’ on a mobile device subsequent to entering the relevant details to finalise the payment.
Launched in November 2013, mCash licensed under the Central Bank of Sri Lanka is the authorised mobile money gateway which allows Mobitel customers to maintain a mobile account and experience all of the special services offered by mCash. Customers are able to deposit, withdraw or transfer money, settle utility bill payments and insurance premiums and also pay for goods and services. Parents could reach the Nuclear Medicine Unit in Karapitiya on 0912234801 to obtain further information on the special tests offered for infants.