First US hospital installs Siemens Healthineers’ new imaging technology

USA – New York-based Long Island Jewish Valley Stream has become the first healthcare institution in the United States to install the LUMINOS Lotus Max, a premium 2-in-1 remote-controlled imaging system from Siemens Healthineers. The new imaging technology delivers enhanced patient care and streamlines the diagnostic imaging process with better outcomes for patients. The LUMINOS Lotus Max is a remote-controlled, two-in-one fluoroscopy and radiography imaging system that allows medical staff to perform two previously separate imaging tests with one machine and quickly switch between them in a truly integrative manner.…

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GE Healthcare unveils one of a kind Health Services Center in Uganda

UGANDA – GE Healthcare and medical group AFRIPHARMA have officially inaugurated the Afri-Egypt Health Services Center, a first of its kind in Uganda with lifesaving equipment from GE Healthcare. The Center is located in Jinja and is expected to serve to over 60,000 people from the region, allowing for improved accessibility in the surrounding communities. The facility is equipped with GE equipment including CT Scan Machine, Digital Mammography, X-ray, BMD, Ultrasound, and Life Care solutions. This technology is used in the diagnosis and treatment of various critical diseases, including in…

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Thailand’s quality healthcare and medical tourism to boost pharmacy market revenues

THAILAND – Thailand’s pharma market is poised for a revenue boom courtesy of the quality healthcare and medical tourism that has been gaining tract in the Southeast Asia’s second pharmaceutical market after Indonesia according to a report by Ken Research. The report covers a variety of topics, including the number of pharmacies, revenue, trends and developments, industry issues and challenges, the competition landscape, telemedicine players, and others. The Thai pharmaceutical market is expanding as a result of an aging, wealthier local population and a thriving medical tourism industry. International businesses,…

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Ellipse funded new hospitals, extensions revolutionize healthcare in Ghana

GHANA – A new €55 million municipal trauma and accident hospital in the town of Obuasi, Ghana, has become one of the multiple new initiatives transforming the face of Ghana’s healthcare system. Ghana’s breakneck development of new medical facilities like the Obuasi hospital comes at an opportune time. While the country has lost a relatively small number of people to Covid-19, the immense additional pressure placed on health services throughout the pandemic has revealed substantial cracks in the public health system. The silver lining is that new healthcare initiatives across…

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NIMR unveils foundation for local medical research, production

NIGERIA – The Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) has established a Foundation, with the objectives to uplift the development and production of home-grown medicines, vaccines and technological innovations. These innovations will greatly assist in addressing the health problems of Nigeria in particular, and Africa at large. The NIMR Foundation Governing Board executives categorically stated that the foundation will prioritize development and implementation of mechanisms to elevate research, innovation and products/services development in healthcare. This foundation will function as a viable business which can address human suffering in form of…

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Online drugstore PharmEasy marshals US$350 million in pre-IPO investment round

INDIA- PharmEasy, an online drugstore chain, has reportedly raised nearly US$350 million in its most recent round of funding ahead of filing its draft red herring prospectus (DRHP) before an initial public offering (IPO). According to an Economic Times report based on the company’s regulatory documents, the round included both primary and secondary financing. PharmEasy’s parent company API Holdings raised approximately US$200 million (Rs 1,505 crore) from 15 high-profile investors, including Amansa Investments, Steadview, SARV Investments, and Neuberger Berman Emerging Markets Equity Funds. Siddharth Shah, Dhaval Shah, Dhramil Sheth, Harsh…

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Roche ties up with Ibex Medical Analytics to develop AI-based cancer detection

SWITZERLAND – Roche has announced a collaboration with Ibex Medical Analytics, an Israeli artificial intelligence-based cancer diagnostics startup to develop artificial intelligence assisted cancer detection device to help diagnose early cancer detection. The companies will collaborate to create an embedded image analysis workflow for pathologists to use the cloud version of Roche’s uPath enterprise software to access Ibex’s AI algorithms, insights, and decision support tools. The US Food and Drug Administration recently granted Breakthrough Device Designation to Ibex’s Galen platform, which is CE marked in Europe for breast and prostate…

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US pledges 17 million J&J vaccines to the AU

USA – President Joe Biden has announced that the United States will donate more than 17 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccine to the African Union. Biden made the announcement during a meeting with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta at the White House. Kenyatta is the first African leader to visit the White House during Biden’s presidency. The 17 million J&J vaccines will be available for delivery immediately and will be delivered to the African Union within the coming weeks. This donation is in addition to the 50…

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South Africa rejects Russia’s Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine over HIV concerns

SOUTH AFRICA – South Africa’s health products regulator has declined to approve Russia’s Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine due to concerns about its safety for people at risk of HIV. The decision was based on earlier studies testing the safety of a modified form of adenovirus, a type of virus that causes respiratory infections, known as the Ad5 and contained in the Russian jab. “Use of the Sputnik V vaccine in South Africa, a setting of a high HIV prevalence and incidence, may increase the risk of vaccinated males acquiring HIV,”…

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Burundi launches Covid-19 vaccination, leaving Eritrea behind

BURUNDI – Burundi on has rolled out its first COVID-19 vaccines, months after most African countries, the latest step in the East African nation’s shift towards a more active approach to containing the pandemic. Burundi was among three other nations globally that were yet to offer Covid-19 vaccines. Following the step by Burundi, only North Korea and the Horn of Africa nation of Eritrea are yet to administer any COVID-19 vaccines, according to the World Health Organization. Burundi’s previous government under the late President Pierre Nkurunziza had been criticized for…

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