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NHEA 2017 Honours Innovators, Achievers in Healthcare Sector

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(L-r): Dr. Edward Ihejrika, senior special adviser to Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State presenting Pharmacist (Mazi) Samuel Ohuabunwa, with NHEA Lifetime Acheivement Award at the 2017 event held on Friday night at Eko Hotel, Lagos

Individuals and organisations who are leveraging information technology in creating new business models in the healthcare sector in Nigeria, where recently at the Nigerian Healthcare Excellence Award (NHEA) 2017 recognised for outstanding performances.

The Nigerian Healthcare Excellence Award (NHEA), an initiative of Global Health Project and Resources in collaboration with Anadach group, USA, is an annual event which celebrates distinguished personalities and organisations who have contributed immensely to the growth of the Nigerian health sector.

Dr. Anthony Omolola, chairman, Advisory Board for 2017, said that the award has gained confidence following increased recognitions and active participation of the industry stakeholders.

He said the Advisory Board has bechmarked the categories as similar prestigious awards across the globe, honouring individuals and organisations that have worked tirelessly to promote healthcare services in the country; investing their time and resources to serving humanity.

NHEA started in 2014 and has since become a high profile event in the healthcare industry, gaining wide acceptance from stakeholders in the healthcare community, public and private sector.

“Over the years, NHEA has engendered more awareness and focus on quality and standard of services provided by various stakeholders in the industry by inspiring them to adopt international best practices and aspire to be the benchmark for excellent healthcare delivery in Nigeria and Africa in general”, Dr. Omolola said.

On why NHEA was conceived, he said, “It has been shown that increased competition leads to higher productivity, improved quality and efficiency. This usually results in reduced costs and increased patient satisfaction. NHEA’s recognition aims to stimulate quality improvement and innovation in the Nigerian health sector leading to improved service delivery and management of key health issues.

“The event is a unique forum that brings together key stakeholders and drivers of national and international trends, policy and solutions in the healthcare industry. Over 500 healthcare dignitaries from private and public sectors attend the event annually”.

On her part, Vivian Alikali, executive secretary of the Organising Committee, said that NHEA will continue to promote the healthcare system in Nigeria, ensuring it reaches international standards in healthcare delivery for the wellbeing of her citizens.

“The Award also examines the rapid growth of Nigeria’s healthcare sector, the role of technology and the capacity of organisations and individuals to influence and set new performance standards in the country and beyond,” she said.

Highpoint of NHEA 2017 was the confinement of Lifetime achievement award on Professor (Mrs) Ibironke Akinsete, a Haematologist; and Pharmacist (Mazi) Samuel Ohuabunwa.   

The winners include: Healthcare Information Technology Provider of the Year- Armpersonal Logistics; Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Award- Prof. Ezekiel Olasunkanmi Ajao, Babacock Univeristy; Healthcare Media Award (print)- Pharmanews; Electronics- Mary Alale-Yusuf of Health Matters (ChannelsTV); Healthcare friendly Financial Institution of the Year- Diamond Bank; Health Maintenance Organisation of the Year- Total Health Trust Limited; Pharmaaccess Innovative healthcare Service Provider of the Year- Safermon; Private Healthcare Provider of the Year- Lagoon Hospitals; Tertiary Healthcare Provider of the Year- Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano and Private Laboratory Services Provider of the Year- Pathcare Laboratories.

Others are Radiology Provider of the Year- Clinix Healthcare Lagos; Dental Service Provider of the Year- Smile 360 Dental Specialist; Eye Care Service Provider of the Year- Eye Foundation Hospital; IVF Service Provider of the Year- Nordica Fertility Centre; Physiotherapy Service Provider of the Year- Body Mechanics Physiotherapy and Wellness Centre; Dialysis Service Provider of the Year- Renal Dialysis Limited, among others. 

 

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Uber Extends Safety Toolkit Launch for Riders, Drivers to Nigeria

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Uber  to double down on safety and roll out Safety Toolkit for riders and drivers across 38 countries, including Nigeria; Features to include Safety Centre, Trusted Contacts, Share Trip, emergency assistance button and customisable speed alerts

This week Uber announced the new Safety Toolkit which, over the next few weeks, will be rolled out to the millions of riders, drivers and delivery-partners using the app across Europe, Middle East and Africa.

The toolkit will introduce new innovative features which aim to raise the bar on safety, and increase transparency, accountability and peace of mind for all users.

Since launching the app, Uber has provided millions of people with technology that allows them to get a ride at the push of a button, track every trip with GPS technology and report any issues 24/7 with a dedicated safety team.

With the introduction of new safety features, the company aims to double down on safety and help make the Uber community safer.

Features that will be introduced as part of the new rider and driver safety toolkit, include:

Emergency button – With the push of a button in the app, riders, drivers and delivery-partners can connect directly to private emergency services and security response when needed through a third party private security supplier

Trusted Contacts – Riders can now easily designate five friends or family members as “trusted contacts” and, with a single tap, share their trip information which are easily customisable in their trip sharing preferences.

Safety Centre – A new app-housed safety information hub where users can find information on some of the key existing safety tools in the app, including our 24/7 team, information on the driver and the car, trip GPS-tracking and our rating and feedback system.

Speed alerts – A feature which reminds drivers and delivery partners to maintain a safe speed within the posted speed limits.

These new safety features will be a phased rollout, not all riders, drivers and delivery partners will have access to the features immediately.

“With more than 15 million trips on the Uber app every day, there is nothing more important than the safety of riders, drivers and couriers. Over the last year we’ve been working to develop innovative products that increase transparency, accountability and peace of mind for all users.

The rollout of our new Safety Toolkit features across Europe, Middle East and Africa is the next step in making sure that we’re helping everyone stay safe and connected, wherever you might be,” says Sachin Kansal, Uber’s Global Head of Safety Product.

Uber’s CEO Dara Khosrowshahi has made safety a top priority for 2018. Since joining the company, he has introduced a number of changes including Injury Protection cover for driver’s, delivery-partners and riders, driving hour limits and Driver Share my Trip.

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Okeremi Urges NIMC to Creating Additional Biometric Centres to Expedite NIN Registration

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Ronke Okeremi, the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Arit of Africa, in addressing the inadequacy of centres, has urged NIMC to create more physical and mobile registration centres in order to speed up the enrolment of more Nigerians.

Okeremi while speaking on the need to hasten up the programme suggested that the creation of more centres across the country will solve the issue of slow pace of registration and boost the morale of Nigerians in the urban and rural areas to participate in the exercise.

The technology expert who is managing the oldest information and communication technology [ICT] in Nigeria reiterated that one of the logjams associated with the NIN programmes is the inadequate registration centres especially in some remote areas in the country.

She therefore called on NIMC to equally train its field officers in order for them to give their utmost in the discharge of their duties, in respect to the NIN registration exercise.

“Operators who are enrolling the citizens must be properly trained and biometric acquisition and authentication processes must be adequately defined.

“Mobile biometric enrolment kits can be used to provide biometric registration where it is required and it is especially useful for enrolment in outskirts and in the remote areas.

“A biometric system is made credible by ensuring that quality biometric acquisition devices are utilised and by installing software that ensures the quality of captured biometric and security of the biometric system”, she said.

Since the period the National Identity Management Commission [NIMC] was established to provide sustainable world-class identity management solution to affirm identity, enhance governance and service delivery in Nigeria, the government agency has experienced setbacks in enrolling Nigerians properly.

Among these challenges are ineffective and inefficient enrolment exercise, which include lack of adequate registration centres, extortion of enrollees before they could be enrolled, lack power supply and unavailable internet facility among others.

These challenges have rendered the enrolment exercise comatose, resulting in slow pace of work, which has further left many Nigerians frustrated, dejected and disinterested in the NIN exercise.

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Nigerian Startup Celebrates Female Heroes

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Social media in recent weeks has been agog with the celebration of iconic Nigerian women, by Nigerian female entrepreneurs from all walks of life, who have been commemorating their female heroes.

 

618Bees, a Nigerian tech start-up, began the ‘Naija Woman Hero’ contest where women are required to post a photo of their all-time iconic Nigerian woman on Instagram, using the hashtag #NaijaWomanHero, and tagging @618Bees.

 

Thousands of female entrepreneurs have nominated their iconic Nigerian women and the contest has started a resurgence of some sort since the competition began.

 

The competition has seen thousands of posts since the contest began on October 1st.

 

According to the BBC, Nigeria has the highest number of female entrepreneurs in the world and who often struggle to secure investment, with banks always requiring collaterals, like properties, which women often do not have.

 

Without access to capital, it is difficult for a lot of women to grow their businesses.

 

In a bid to make life easier for women, 618 Bees is offering hundreds of woman the opportunity to start their own businesses by registering the businesses for free.

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