Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Firm launches tech health solution – Guardian Nigeria


Afrihealth, a premier technology solutions provider in Nigeria, has launched a medical app called Rigour+, to transform the African healthcare landscape by addressing critical challenges and providing convenience to citizens.
Rigour+ tackles major issues such as limited access to quality healthcare, rampant counterfeit drugs, inadequate ambulance services and difficulty in obtaining medical services.
According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), counterfeit drugs are responsible for approximately 500,000 deaths in Sub-Saharan Africa yearly. In Nigeria alone, the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) estimates that 10-15 per cent of drugs in circulation are fake or substandard, leading to thousands of preventable fatalities.
As such, the platform focuses on telemedicine, medication prescription, purchase and authentication and ambulance services. The app’s innovative scanning technology empowers users to make informed choices, ensuring they purchase only genuine products. This feature can significantly reduce the risk of adverse heath effects and save lives by detecting fake or substandard medications.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Afrihealth, Linda Obi, said: “We’re thrilled to launch Rigour+ after countless hours of development and refinement. We believe this app has the potential to radically transform healthcare access for Nigerians, making it more accessible, convenient, and reliable than ever before.
“Rigour+ is now available for free download on the App Store and Google Play Store. Afrihealth envisions Rigour+ as the catalyst for transforming healthcare access across Nigeria and the broader African continent.”
According to her, patients can securely book video consultations with doctors, control video settings during calls, obtain prescriptions based on doctor consultations and store medical records electronically for easy access.
“They can also order medications directly through the app, complete payments securely, and receive deliveries at your preferred address. Use the app’s scanning feature to verify product integrity, detect counterfeit drugs. Returns and refunds are available when necessary.
“Patients can also request an ambulance during emergencies with just a few taps. These features are accessible through a user-friendly interface prioritizing convenience and accessibility,” Obi said.

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