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MSC Cruises will start installing telemedicine technology aboard its ships to become the first cruise line to offer 24/7 access to pediatric services.

The technology was created by Italy’s Giannina Gaslini Institute in Genoa and will be available on all 12 MSC ships from 1 September this year.

It allows onboard doctors to send remote images and data transmissions via satellite to an onshore pediatrician.

The specialist can then give second opinions or carry out distant diagnosis, radiology and monitoring.

The enitre process is fully computerised – from the consultation request to the response, and respects the highest of safety standards.

MSC said the technology will bring peace of mind to families boarding the line’s ships. “We strongly believe in caring for the health and safety of our guests on board, with particular attention to younger travellers, who can require help and treatment quite different from other age groups,” MSC chief executive Gianni Onorato said at the project unveiling in Genoa.

The service will not incur an extra fee – passengers will only have to pay the on board doctor’s fee.

Earlier this month, MSC donated $4.3 million to UNICEF to aid in the fight for children’s rights around the world.

The line has supported the charity for five years, and even launched ‘Get on Board for Children’ – a program that encourages MSC guests to donate to UNICEF.

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