Million dollar partnership to develop Nigeria's health sector


“We want to modernise the infrastructure on primary healthcare then make them urban secondary and tertiary hospitals,” said Farid Fezoua, president and CEO of GE Healthcare told CNBC Africa.

The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) reported that the daily statistics of maternity mortality are 2,300 of under-five year olds and 145 women of childbearing age die in Nigeria.

The Nigerian government has introduced initiatives to combat the death rate and has introduced the Save One Million Lives programme in an attempt to tackle the status of the country’s high maternal mortality rate.

GE Healthcare is committed to create access to quality and affordable healthcare by partnering with entrepreneurs to bring health solutions.

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“The issue we had with Africa was to alleviate the burden of maternal and infant mortality,” said Fezoua.

UNICEF stated that research suggested that basic healthcare interventions fail in reaching babies and their mothers on time thus, the cause of many deaths.

“This is a creation of a partnership with the Nigerian government about building and providing a more sustainable and viable model to combat maternal and infant mortality in Africa,” he said.

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GE will provide ultra sound technology, which will consist of a D-scan portable ultra sound device that will be transported as a diagnostics tool to homes and rural areas for proper assessment during pregnancy. This model operation serves as a platform for further developments.

“GE is working on a technological long term solution. We are deploying technology to assist with training protocol. We want to train midwives and healthcare workers, in these areas which are part of the communities,” said Fezoua.