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Disease Info Gives All the right Information on Fatal Diseases in one place

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health infoDisease Info is a progressive web app that collates, verifies and displays data on preventable diseases in Nigeria.

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Disease Info is a progressive web app that collates, verifies and displays data on preventable diseases in Nigeria.

The web app works by scraping data from predefined sources, like the World Health Organization (WHO) Infectious Diseases page, to build a database specifically focused on diseases in Nigeria. The data is then verified and reviewed by the Disease Info team, after which it is displayed using an Angular PWA. The aim of the project is to make correct information on fatal diseases in Nigeria mobile-friendly, readable, accessible and visually attractive.

Lack of information on preventable and curable diseases is one of the major causes of death in Nigeria. For example, Nigeria has been facing a Lassa Fever outbreak and between August 2015 and now, there have been 284 cases and 154 deaths.  What actual  information is readily available to the public about the disease? Zilch. There are very few user-friendly resources for the public to learn more about the prevention, causes, containment and cure of diseases in Nigeria, like Ebola Facts. It shows that there is a real gap in access to information on very serious epidemics. Disease Info is filling the gap.

Osioke Itseuwa, who manages the project, says data verification is an ongoing process carried out by members of the DevCenter Disease Info Channel. Disease Info is currently at the beta stage with a live version of the API on Heroku.

The Disease Info team has long-term plans to diversify  their health data sources, increase the readability of the data using flash cards that contain infographics and images, standardize how the data is verified and to create complete offline access. Right now, they are taking contributions. If you’re interested, you can join the contributor’s channel here.

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US inauguration: How to watch the inauguration and parade

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Mr. Biden and Ms. Harris will be sworn in as the President and Vice of the United States of America respectively. They will be along with their spouses, Jill Biden and Douglas Emhoff. They will conduct a review of the military and visit Arlington National Cemetery to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns. They will be joined by three former presidents and their wives, who will also be present at the swearing-in: Barack and Michelle Obama, George W. and Laura Bush, and Bill and Hillary Clinton.

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A conference on blockchain and health is scheduled to be held at the Africa Blockchain Developers Call.

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The Africa Blockchain Developers Call (ABDC) Pan-African Bootcamp on blockchain technology has declared its intention to hold a weekend conference on incorporating blockchain technology into Africa’s health sector.

In an attempt to execute comprehensive blockchain training sessions and promote the implementation of specially designed applications for different sectors in Africa, the Bootcamp, officially launched on 5 September, has taken on a host of African developers.

The Bootcamp also features virtual weekend conferences on many use-cases for blockchain. These conferences are aimed at encouraging creative and comprehensive discussions on the implementation of blockchain technology in Africa, including platform presentations by businesses and panel sessions on many Blockchain issues. The first meeting, focusing on Blockchain in Finance, took place on September 5. It featured a keynote speech given by Professor Anicia Peters, University of Namibia Pro-Vice Chancellor for Science, Innovation and Development.

The next conference, scheduled to take place on October 3rd, will focus on the theme: Blockchain in Health. The keynote speech will be given by Arnab Paul, President of the Kolkata Chapter in India. Several organizations and startups will also give platform presentations via their representatives based on medical use cases for blockchain technology.

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HealthPlus is experiencing a power struggle 2 years after obtaining $18 m from Alta Semper Capital

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A press release apparently released on September 25 by the Board of HealthPlus, one of the largest integrated pharmacy chains in West Africa, confirmed that the company no longer needed the services of its founder, Bukky George, as CEO.

The decision to terminate the appointment of George came with the announcement of Chidi Okoro, the interim leader.

Okoro, a renowned pharmacist and management executive, is to take on the position of Chief Officer of Transformation. Okoro, akin to the position of a CEO, can simplify day-to-day management, help the company scale, and achieve profitability.

And a letter that appears to be from the board of HealthPlus to the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) states that George “remains a shareholder of the company, a member of the board of the company, and may engage at board level in the company’s decision-making process.”

Afsane Jetha and Zachary Fond, Managing Partner & CEO, and Director of Alta Semper Capital, respectively, have signed it off.

From investment and partnership to a fight for power

Alta Semper Capital LLP is a private equity (PE) company that invests in Africa-wide healthcare and consumer businesses. In 2017, the PE company invested in Macro Pharma, a medicated cosmetics company in Egypt.

It made deals with HealthPlus and the Moroccan oncology and radiology clinic, Oncologie et Radiologie du Maroc (ODM), the following year.

The letter from Alta Semper Capital to the PCN

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The HealthPlus investment was $18 million.

HealthPlus, founded by George in 1999, has expanded to more than 90 retail outlets, employing over 850 employees, including more than 150 pharmacists. In Nigeria, the company claims to be present in 11 of the 36 states in the world.

Operating branches in strategically placed suburban areas, airports, and shopping malls are also recognized.

Alta Semper Capital ‘s investment was to help HealthPlus grow its store footprint. In addition, to attract more talent, grow fulfillment centers and pursue initiatives in eCommerce.

The cash inflow, however, is said to have given the PE firm a majority stake in the company, which is one of the reasons why the company is facing problems at the moment.

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