West Africa to receive major healthcare boost through Afreximbanks’ African Medical Centre of Excellence in Nigeria

NIGERIA – Over two years after it was allocated land, the African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) has announced that construction work on its African Medical Centre of Excellence (AMCE) project in Abuja begins in the fourth quarter of 2021. The facility, which is expected to be commissioned in the first quarter of 2024, will provide world-class care to both low and high-income patient groups across the region. The AMCE will be implemented in four phases over a six-year period, starting off with a 170-bed specialist hospital before expanding to a 500-bed…

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Ghana goes herbal in health products as FDA trains practitioners on safety and efficacy

GHANA – The Bono, Bono East, and Ahafo Regions Office of the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has intensified measures to guarantee the safety and efficiency of herbal products for public consumption. The Authority has thus embarked on regional education, sensitization, and knowledge acquisition workshop for herbal medical practitioners in the three regions. Madam Akua Amponsaa Owusu, the Director in charge of the Authority for the three regions said about 180 herbal medicine practitioners in the Bono Region would be imparted with requisite knowledge about the herbal medicine manufacturing industry…

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Medical textiles company Lamatem secures US$7m loan from EBRD and EU

MOROCCO – Lamatem, a Moroccan producer of high-‎end ‎medical garments, has secured €6 million loan (US$7.05m) from The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the European Union (EU) to help the company increase its exports to European markets. The investment will help Lamatem to increase its supply of medical protective equipment and to offer a more diverse range of products, through the use of a state-of-the-art sterilisation machine, to local and European medical suppliers. Lamatem will also diversify its energy supply and boost the use of renewables, with the…

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E-health startup CribMD raises US$2.6m seed round for its expansion plan

NIGERIA – CribMD, an e-health startup which describes itself as “Uber for doctors”, has raised a US$2.6 million seed round from US accelerator Sputnik ATX and The Guardian Nigerian, as it looks to expand upon its initial traction. Launched in June 2020, CribMD connects users with doctors for house calls and telemedicine services via its on-demand platform, allowing them to schedule appointments from the comfort and safety of their home, on their own schedule. “We’re revolutionising each and every step of the care process, from affordability, patient-provider matching, to billing, to health…

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