ASR Africa adopts Gwarimpa General Hospital Neonatal Unit while delivering hefty donations

NIGERIA – The Abdul Samad Rabiu Africa Initiative (ASR Africa) has donated multimillion state-of-art equipment and a fully equipped emergency ambulance to the Pediatric Unit of the Gwarimpa General Hospital, Abuja as part of its Health Systems Support Initiative. ASR Africa also announced that it was adopting the Neonatal Unit of the hospital under this initiative as well as providing N500,000 towards a fund being setup to assist indigent patients in accessing quality healthcare at the hospital. They will also replace all the equipment in the neonatal unit as well…

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Nigerian Healthtech startup Field Intelligence expands operations in Kenya

KENYA – Field Intelligence, a healthtech company focused on digitizing public health supply chain to help pharmacies sell better, has set up in Kenya’s towns; Mombasa, Eldoret, Kisumu and Naivasha, as it strives to expand operations. The expansion will build on Field Intelligence’s more than 700 existing pharmacies, which have served over 1.4 million patients so far. The company has also expanded its operations into Nigeria’s Rivers, Edo, Kaduna, Kano, Enugu, Delta and Kwara States. Statistics provided by Field Intelligence suggest that Nigeria has more than 4,500 registered pharmacies and…

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US to ship 4 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to Nigeria, 5.66 million to South Africa

AFRICA – The US government has announced they will ship close to 10 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines to two of the most populous African countries, Nigeria and South Africa, as the continent battles a third wave of infections. Four million doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine will go to Nigeria and 5.66 million doses of the Pfizer vaccine to South Africa, the officials said. This donation has a significant boost to SA’s immunization programme, which after a series of delays got off to a slower than anticipated start in…

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Nigeria achieves commendable results in fight against tuberculosis amid coronavirus pandemic

NIGERIA – Nigeria has seen an increase in annual tuberculosis (TB) case notification due to strategic intervention by the National Tuberculosis, Buruli Ulcer and Leprosy Control Program (NTBLCP), in collaboration with World Health Organization (WHO) and other stakeholders working on TB control and elimination in Nigeria. In 2020 a total of 138,591 cases were notified;15 % higher compared to 106,533 and 120,266cases notified in 2018 and 2019 respectively. Also, comparing first quarters of 2019, 2020, 2021 case notification are 28,823, 33,132 and 43,838 (32% increase in Q1 2021 compared to…

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Grifols to set up intravenous (IV) solutions manufacturing plant in Nigeria

NIGERIA – Grifols, a global producer of plasma-derived medicines and provider of technologies and services, has announced it will establish an intravenous (IV) solutions production plant in Nigeria. The plant is to be set up for Dozie and Dozie’s Pharma Nig Ltd., a provider of healthcare products in the country and surrounding region. When completed in 2024 in southeast Nigeria, the manufacturing installation’s initial phase will produce as many as 5.5 million intravenous solutions bags yearly to be used in hospitals and other healthcare institutions in Nigeria and other African…

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Nigeria confirms 15 cases with 59 suspected cases of rare monkeypox disease

NIGERIA – The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has registered 59 suspected cases of Monkeypox with 15 confirmed, its Director-General, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, has said. Monkeypox is caused by a virus that is related to smallpox, the only human virus to have been eradicated. It causes less severe illness than smallpox, but is still quite dangerous. The CDC said that the fatality rate for the strain of monkeypox seen in the Dallas case is about 10%. Monkeypox is rarely seen in people, affecting those with weakened immune systems more…

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Healthtech startup RxALL raises US$3.15 million to scale up anticounterfeit technology

NIGERIA – RxAll, a health startup company based in the USA and in Nigeria, has announced a financing round of US$3.15 million to scale operations across existing markets and improve its drug checking and counterfeiting technology. This funding round combines a recently closed US$2 million seed round (which was oversubscribed by US$2.25 million) and a US$900,000 pre-seed round raised at the end of last year. The startup, founded in 2016 by Adebayo Alonge, Amy Kao and Wei Lui, has deployed deep technology to provide quality medication to patients in a…

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Konga partners Nigerian medical practitioners to boost healthcare delivery

NIGERIA – Konga Health, a technology-driven healthcare solutions company, has signed a strategic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Association of Nigerian Private Medical Practitioners (ANPMP) to boost access to quality healthcare services in Nigeria, including the delivery of genuine drugs and medical supplies. The partnership will see Konga Health, boost standards across verticals in the Nigerian health sector. Specifically, the company intends to achieve this by improving access to quality healthcare for the reached, under-reached and unreached members of the populace. The MOU will facilitate importation and timely delivery…

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Zimbabwe registers over 3,000 new COVID-19 cases as more people rush to be immunized

ZIMBABWE – Zimbabwe has registered 3,110 new COVID-19 cases today, its highest daily figure since the onset of the pandemic last year. According to the Ministry of Health and Child Care, the record number of new cases has accelerated the country’s cumulative COVID-19 cases to 76,381, as the nation battles a third wave of the pandemic. The ministry said 58 new deaths were recorded, raising the nation’s death toll to 2,332. The number of people who have recovered stands at 49,053 after 951 people were reported to have recovered from…

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CribMD acquires Charisland Pharmaceuticals to facilitate enhanced drug deliveries

NIGERIA – CribMD, a Nigerian healthtech startup, has announced its acquisition of Charisland Pharmaceuticals Group to ensure fast and efficient drug deliveries to its customers across Nigeria. Charisland Pharmaceuticals Group was founded nine years ago and has a presence in major Nigerian cities. With the Group’s decision to exit the Nigerian market and expand into Canada, CribMD’s acquisition of the pharmaceutical chain, as opposed to building a solution in-house, will see it leverage the company’s vast network of pharmacies to deliver drugs faster to their subscribers. The acquisition comes on…

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