NIGERIA – WellaHealth, a technology-driven healthcare startup, has committed to make quality health care more affordable for the citizens, in a swift response to address the declining healthcare sector in the country.

It is on a mission of improving the healthcare situation by democratising access to quality and timely healthcare through basic health insurance coverage in the country.

The organisation emerged in 2017 with cutting-edge health solutions that leverage medical facilities, HMO resources, and digital technologies to change how people access quality healthcare services nationwide. This was in its swift response to the declining healthcare sector.

According to the health plan provider in a statement, topping the chart for undiagnosed diabetes and accounting for most global malaria mortality, Africa is faced with significant public health challenges

The CEO of WellaHealth, Dr Ikpeme Neto, highlighted that the Nigerian healthcare system desperately needs change.

Thus, WellaHealth has rapidly expanded coverage and scope of medical services, launching enhanced WellaHealth 2.0 and acquiring the online health platform, Wellvis in 2022 to strengthen its telemedicine capabilities to ensure fast, quality, and affordable medical services.

“Its commitment to innovation and bringing quality medical care closer to the people has recently achieved landmark recognition by featuring at Times Square and being named by the Norrsken Foundation as one of the 100 most impactful global startups driving positive change,” he added.

The CEO outlined that at the moment, countries in sub-Saharan Africa have the lowest patient-to-doctor ratio in the world, with 0.23 doctors for every 10,000 people, compared to 84.2 doctors in the most developed countries.

“Initially starting with malaria coverage, WellaHealth has expanded to cover consultation for other common illnesses and infections and now chronic diseases like diabetes and hypertension. Users can get all these and even diet plans for as low as N800 per month at their nearest pharmacy,” Neto listed.

It has marked World Stroke Day with free blood pressure tests for over 100,000 Nigerians across its 600 partner pharmacies.

Investments towards the mission

According to the CEO, over the last few years, WellaHealth has been selected for the US$100,000 PandemicTech Innovation Fellowship and joined the Catalyst Fund backed by UK Aid and JPMorgan Chase.

WellHealth has also partnered with Verve to provide quality and affordable healthcare access to Verve cardholders. It has collaborated with state governments to expand operations across Nigeria.

It also partnered with Stanbic IBTC to include WellaHealth insurance subscription functionality to the Stanbic IBTC @ease module. It partnered with Piggyvest for its CSR to provide malaria health cover to Nigerians, and was subsequently shortlisted for Google’s US$4 million Black Founders Fund (BFF).

WellaHealth says it is poised to ensure easy access to high-quality healthcare, reduce the need for self-medication, and eliminate massive out-of-pocket health expenses for the over 97 per cent of Nigerians not covered by formal health plans.

“Looking to the future, WellaHealth is developing an enhanced Partnership for Good Initiative with companies seeking to deploy health plans for their customers and communities and putting together a Holiday Giving Initiative, offering people the avenue to cover the health benefits of others,” Neto assured Nigerians.

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