9 Teenagers Offer Tech Solution to Nigeria’s Healthcare Problems

| February 5, 2019 | 0 Comments

By Dipo Olowookere

For
collaborating to develop a technological solution posed to provide Nigerians
with easier access to National Health Insurance, a group of nine teenage
students has been named winners of the InterswitchSPAK 1.0 Innovation Challenge,
qualifying them for the InterswitchSPAK 1.0 Founder’s Award.

Winners
of the challenge, Team Neptune, comprises nine SS2 kids, were mentored by the
trio of Princess Edo-Osagie, Inalegwu Alogwu and Abiodun Adebisi. 

They
were tasked to propose a solution that
promotes an all-inclusive health insurance scheme in Nigeria, leveraging
technology
.

The
nine-man team’s health solution, which incorporated the current National Health
Insurance Scheme (NHIS), makes provision for web doctors for policy holders
with access to the internet and telemedicine option for those without access to
the internet.

In their
challenge, the winning group, Team Neptune, observed that many Nigerians prefer
going to pharmacies for treatment to a hospital and in tackling this issue, the
team proposed that neighbourhood pharmacies should be empowered by the health
insurance scheme so that patients who consult the Web Doctors can purchase prescribed
drugs from partner pharmacists in their locality.

Before emerging
winners of the competition, the InterswitchSPAK finalists were grouped into
nine teams and then tasked with developing solutions to three salient
socio-economic issues.

These
issues were in the areas of health care, public transport system and education,
with focus on the out-of-school concerns.

The
students proffered brilliant solutions to their given tasks by leveraging
technology, with each team headed by Interswitch staff who volunteered as
mentors.

Mitchell
Elegbe, Group CEO / Founder, Interswitch; Tarebi Alebiosu, MD, Yoke Solutions
and Chika Nwobi, CEO, Level 5 Lab, constituted the jury saddled with the
daunting task of selecting a winning team from the brilliant lot.

The two
major criteria used in deciding the winners were ideas and presentation. For
ideas, the jury considered the integration of technology, attempt at defining
the opportunities, feasibility of the idea, how impactful it was and how
disruptive it was. For the presentation, the jury considered the delivery,
creativity brought to bear and demonstration of team work.

Commenting on the concept, Cherry Eromosele, Group Chief Product and Marketing Officer at Interswitch said, “The idea behind the Innovation Challenge was to task these young ones on problem-solving with the use of technology. Throughout the challenge, we saw the students employ several problem-solving models, using technology. I believe it was quite a worthwhile experience.”

The InterswitchSPAK 1.0 Innovation Challenge is a segment of the InterswitchSPAK National Science competition organized by Interswitch Foundation.

Culled from :Here

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