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Mobile phones are not causing cancer – NCC

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You might have seen reports by the Premium Times, about the NCC blaming “sub-standard” phones for things like “cancer” and “network interruptions”

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You might have seen reports by the Premium Times, about the NCC blaming “sub-standard” phones for things like “cancer” and “network interruptions” [emphasis mine]:

“The Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, on Thursday warned Nigerians against the use of sub-standard phones, saying this was responsible for some cancer ailments

Mr. Olorundare lamented that fake phones had taken over the country’s phone market, adding that they have had negative implications on the health of users.”

Hogwash. Claims of cell phones or cellular infrastructure causing cancer are not new; they are the stuff of phony WhatsApp broadcasts, and it’s easy to see why people believe them. Cell phones emit non-ionizing radiation and the parts of our bodies closest to the antennas (think: ear, brain) absorb this energy. But this kind of radiation is different from, say, X-Rays, which actually could increase cancer risk. Study, after study, have shown that there is no *significant* correlation between cell phone use and cancer incidence, plus, we should have seen a steep uptick in the number of cancer cases since exponentially more people are making exponentially more phone calls than ever before (which, needless to say, is not the case).

Second, no matter which source/proxy you choose (usage data from web publisher analytics, Google search trends, shipment reports from research firms like IDC), most of the phones sold in Nigeria are made by Samsung, Transsion Holdings (Tecno, Infinix, and iTel), and Huawei, and I wouldn’t call any of their phones “fake”, talk less of saying fake phones have “taken over”.

In the same vein, when you consider that these phones all use the same MediaTek SoCs (containing the same CPUs, same RAM modules, same GPUs, same IO interfaces, etc), same Qualcomm or HiSilicon baseband chips, from the same production lines in Shenzhen, the entire argument falls apart. They are simply branded differently, and the only difference between a “fake” phone and an “original” one is that the NCC or some other body has not “approved” it:

“The NCC official also identified unapproved phones as a major cause of network interruptions.

He said the preponderance of substandard phones was causing colossal damage to network services and health of users.”

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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.

Watch the live coverage below:

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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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