September 18, 2017by Iyanuoluwa Bolarinwa0

OpenMedic, one of the civic tech solution birthed by the accelerator program of Civic Hive finally enters the developmental stage. OpenMedic will enable users to have easy access to essential medicines irrespective of their location and also show the inventory level of essential medical consumables in health facilities and other medical outlets in Nigeria.

For a known fact, about 2,300 under-five-year-old children and 145 women of childbearing age die every single day in Nigeria. Preventable or treatable infectious diseases such as malaria, pneumonia, diarrhea, measles and HIV/AIDS account for more than 70 percent of the estimated one million under-five deaths in Nigeria. However, essential interventions such as easy access to essential medicines; reaching women and children would have averted most of these deaths. Dennis Akagha, the LEAD PARTNER, OpenMedic says, “Unless essential medicines are within the reach of the people who need them, availability and affordable prices have little or no impact.”

OpenMedic takes frontier of accessibility to essential medicines beyond city centres unlike the rural areas where 40 per cent of Nigerians actually resides. According to the Lead Partner, “OpenMedic intends to transition potentially viable interventions in partnership with other stakeholders such as the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), The Nigerian Medical Association and other relevant medical/health associations in Nigeria.”  Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, OpenMedic will promote the quality of healthcare in Nigeria, prevent epidemics and diseases and ultimately save lives.

OpenMedic in developmental stage with the technical support provided by Civic Hive aims to ensure that the project further scales into a very impactful civic solution. The project is indeed evolving. Dennis Akagha further said, “Oluseun Onigbinde of BudgIT and founder of Civic Hive have indeed been of great help and assistance to me in terms of the constant mentoring I have been privileged get from him”. In few weeks from now, the OpenMedic platform will be ready which is going to be part of our success story and with increased engagement from our various social media channels, we are poised to revolutionize how people access essential medical consumables in Nigeria.

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