AI taking over the healthcare sector as more startups come up with tech innovations

WORLD – The healthcare industry is going the digital way, as more tech startups are springing up with healthcare related innovations that utilize AI to tackle the worlds key healthcare problems, from solving eradicating tropical diseases to enhancing mental health. In the recently concluded XPrice challenge organized by the tech giant IBM Watson, various startups battled it out for prize money worth US$5M through innovations that will solve humanity’s grand challenges using AI. ZzappMalaria and Aifred Health were among the startups within the healthcare scope that emerged winners from a…

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The pandemic still at large despite India’s slight dip in reported cases of Corona virus

WORLD – According to data released by the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry, India is witnessing a slight dip in daily reported cases with the last figures standing at 48,698 new cases and 1183 deaths bring a tally of 30,183,143 reported cases. The weekly positivity rate which has been less than 5% for the past 19 days currently has declined to 2.97% as the number of active cases has further declined to 595,565 and now accounts for 1.97 per cent of the total infections with the death toll now…

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Ghanaian FDA starts regulation of toothbrush as a medical device

GHANA – The Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) has said it will commence regulation of toothbrush as a medical device as from September. The authority has said already laid out standards for manual and powered toothbrushes will be used as references. Information released by Uniliver during world oral health day disclosed that at least 96% of adults in Ghana within ages 35-44 years are affected by gum diseases, while another 40% of 12-year-olds suffer from decayed, missing teeth, stained teeth and bad breath. The situation is even worse in Africa…

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WHO roots for digital payments to enhance Africa’s war against infectious diseases

KENYA – Greater adoption of mobile payment innovations should be at the heart of preventive and curative interventions aimed at reducing Africa’s burden of infectious diseases, a World Health Organization (WHO) official has said. Ahmed Hamani, finance officer at WHO Regional Office for Africa said that harnessing digital solutions has strengthened response to vector-borne diseases in the continent through rapid and efficient payment for frontline workers involved in immunization campaigns. “The use of mobile payment innovations has ensured the success of public health interventions like the fight against polio or…

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PharmEasy set to acquire Thyrocare’s majority stake valued at US$600m

INDIA – PharmEasy an Indian pharma startup with a unicorn status is acquiring 66% stakes in diagnostics chain Thyrocare technologies valued at around Rs 4500 crore (US$606.6m) as it strives to bolster its online drug logistic business. PharmEasy parent company API Holdings signed a definitive agreement to acquire a 66.1% stake in Thyrocare for Rs 4,546 crore, according to an exchange filing made on Friday, the first acquisition of a listed company by an Indian unicorn. PharmEasy has a user base of 12 million, a network of 6,000 digital consultation…

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Trade Kings Foundation donates oxygen concentrators and respiratory items to hospitals in Lusaka

ZAMBIA – Trade Kings Foundation has donated advanced oxygen concentrators, respiratory accessories and hygiene products to level one hospitals and clinics in Lusaka, Zambia. This is in response to the high demand of oxygen therapy needed to help COVID-19 patients who face difficulties in breathing. As medical oxygen and cylinders are in short supply, Universal Mining in Kafue, a member of the Trade Kings Group is currently supplying oxygen to UTH and other medical facilities and has committed to doing so throughout the pandemic at no cost and free of…

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Pitiless coronavirus third wave hits Africa as vaccination slackens

AFRICA – Africa is facing a vicious coronavirus resurgence, with unprecedented hospital admissions and fatalities pushing health facilities to the brink as the continent falls far behind in the global vaccination drive. With just under 5.3 million reported cases and around 139,000 deaths among its nearly 1.3 billion people, Africa is still the world’s least-affected continent after Oceania, according to an AFP tally. So far African nations have been spared disasters comparable to Brazil or India. But the pandemic is resurging at an alarming rate in at least 12 countries,…

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