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 of certified pharmaceutical products and medical supplies across the nooks and crannies of Nigeria through a wide chain of distribution centers.

Furthermore, the development will guarantee the gradual eradication of the incidence of fake drugs, while also providing a credible and robust platform for affiliate parties.

‘‘We are delighted and see it as a privilege to have finally signed this very strategic partnership between Konga Health and ANPMP which will positively change the face of healthcare delivery in Nigeria,” Co-CEO, Konga Group, Mr. Nick Imudia, said.

This is another important milestone recorded by the Konga Group in line with launching the world’s first composite e-commerce company, a CBN-certified mobile wallet, advanced digital logistics company, frontline travel booking agency and much more.

President of ANPMP, Dr. Ike Odo, described the partnership with Konga Health as a much-needed development that will transform the fortunes of the Nigerian healthcare delivery system.

This MoU will change the dynamics of the healthcare delivery system, giving hope to the dire need to build a reliable database in the healthcare space, integrate local and international contents in raising advocacy for the actualization of Universal Health Coverage,” he said.

Nigeria has one of the largest stocks of human resources for health (HRH) in Africa but, like the other 57 HRH crisis countries, has densities of nurses, midwives and doctors that are still too low to effectively deliver essential health services (1.95 per 1,000).

These challenges are further compounded by the fact that the federal government accepts and regulates 3 systems of health care delivery: orthodox, alternative, and traditional.

The absence of a common HRH and data collection system leads to a lack of coordination in collecting HRH information, which means various stakeholders get fragmented information.

However, the government has been making efforts to mitigate these challenges. One successful approach is the Midwifery Service Scheme (2009).

It mobilizes unemployed and retired but able midwives and newly qualified graduates from Nigerian Schools of Midwifery to rural communities for 1 year of community service.