HealthPlus, Nigeria’s first integrative pharmacy, has made history by launching West Africa’s first e-pharmacy and digital prescription platform.
Nigerians located anywhere in the country and indeed anywhere in the world can get a prescription from a certified pharmacist and have the medicines delivered promptly.
This game-changing application, according to the providers, will facilitate interaction between patients (customers) and health service providers nationwide.
“It also marks a big step in the democratization of health in Nigeria and providing unprecedented healthcare access for Nigerians in all geographical locations.
“The HealthPlus e-Pharmacy is attributed to a rise in the number of Internet consumers, increased access to web-based and online services, and the rising implementation of e-prescriptions in hospitals and other healthcare services.
“With 108 million Internet users in Nigeria and an estimated 120 million mobile phone holders, HealthPlus is now able to connect more Nigerians to qualified pharmacists and fast-track the provision of efficient health care.”
The chief transformational officer, Mr. Chidi Okoro, at the launch, said, “Pharmacists are the first point of care for many Nigerians and are critical to ensure access to essential drugs. The HealthPlus e-Pharmacy platform is following the mission to enhance access to wholesome medicines and good pharmacy care services. Customers can now access professional pharmacists online from the comfort of their homes using mobile devices.
“Nigeria is also severely under-served in the aspect of pharmacy stores locations. Only 25 per cent of Nigeria’s local governments have any sort of pharmacy. That means, 70 per cent of Nigeria’s local government areas have no access to a pharmacist.”
Okoro pledged that HealthPlus would help bridge this gap: “Furthermore, Nigeria has one of the lowest productivity rates in the world. This is due to absenteeism and inadequate health care. If more Nigerians have access to health and we take a more proactive approach, productivity will increase significantly.
“In keeping with its commitment to raise the standard of care, provide safe access to wholesome medications and reduce wait times, HealthPlus is utilizing the latest technology to consolidate the compendium of care and expand our vision to our customers’ mobile devices.”
On his part, Ernest Eguasa, CFO HealthPlus Limited, added that this is a very exciting offering that combines technology and the capabilities of fast-growing sector dynamics of Healthcare and eCommerce in synergy to deliver high-quality customer-centric customer patient care.
“It gives our customers a channel to conveniently get a wide array of their medical needs with the added benefit of One-on-One pharmaceutical consulting through our bespoke “Chat with a Pharmacist” functionality that ensures patients are getting exactly what they require for their optimum health.”
Managing partner and CEO, Afsane Jetha, Alta Semper and HealthPlus’s private equity partner said, “Healthcare in Africa is at an inflection point and has proven its ability to leapfrog traditional business models; it is becoming more consumer-focused and precision-driven.
“With this technology and platform, we are increasingly focused on preventative care and patients’ well-being, in providing access at their fingertips and the last mile.”
The HealthPlus ePharmacy service is available on URL https://www.healthplusnigeria.com and for a limited period, our customers can access up to 10 per cent discount on selected items.