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Medic West Africa: Driving discourse and adoption of technological innovation to improve the regional healthcare industry


Nigeria boasts of the largest population within the region and across the continent. Yet, limited healthcare access, shortage of healthcare professionals, inadequate infrastructure, and healthcare financing constraints are hindering the nation’s ability to deliver a high-quality, patient-centered service, which is the central aim of healthcare.

Experts believe that a high-quality, patient-centered service that caters to the expectations of service users, can be achieved if there is effective collaboration among the various stakeholders within the nation’s health sector. This kind of collaboration, among other things, helps to build the necessary bridges between primary care providers, specialists, hospitals, and community services, fostering a comprehensive and coordinated approach to patient care.

Setting the stage for a technologically advanced health-care sector.

In September, Medic West Africa will bring the West African healthcare community together, to an in-person conference at the Landmark Centre Lagos, from the 26th to 28th.

Established as the must-attend healthcare and medical laboratory event in West Africa and now in its 10th year, the Medic West Africa conference is connecting all key regional and international stakeholders across the healthcare value-chain, whilst showcasing the latest advancement in healthcare technology and equipment.

With modern medicine and healthcare advancing at breakneck speed, it is clear that technology is an important driver of progress for the healthcare sector. Advancements such as the use of telemedicine, mobile health interventions, and electronic health records (EHRs) are among the innovations already transforming healthcare delivery in West Africa.

In an era where healthcare efficiency is of utmost importance, the adoption of technological innovations are having far-reaching benefits for patients and medical professionals globally, but in Africa these innovations appear to be driven more by necessity than choice.

Conversations centered on sustainable solutions to West Africa’s Health care challenges.

The Medic West Africa 2023 congress will feature healthcare business seminars, alongside clinical and lab conferences for physicians and medical professionals. Every year since its inception, the congress offers attendees an opportunity to network, discuss and deliberate with leadership from West African ministries, authorities, healthcare providers, distributors and solution providers.

On the front burner would be exciting stakeholder dialogues, in areas of leadership and healthcare management across the public and private sector. Clinicians across the region can look forward to benchmarking their skills and clinical specialities, with insights from leading recognized clinicians of repute.

In its 2022 edition, Medic West Africa hosted 3,260 healthcare professionals from 84 countries – the largest for any healthcare event across the region. Some of the innovative products displayed at the event includes telemedicine and remote monitoring devices which have allowed healthcare professionals to provide medical consultations and monitor patients’ conditions remotely; electronic health records which have digitized patient medical records, making them easily accessible to healthcare providers; and wearable health devices like fitness trackers and smartwatches which have enabled individuals to monitor their health metrics continuously.

Some other innovations include medical imaging advancements such as MRI, CT, and ultrasound which have led to better diagnosis and treatment planning for various medical conditions; robotic-assisted surguries which have improved surgical precision and minimized invasive procedures, leading to quicker patient recovery times and better outcomes; and many more.

An unwavering Commitment to driving West Africa’s healthcare sector forward.

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a World Bank Group, estimates that in the next decade, sub Saharan Africa would need about $25-$30 billion in new investments to meet its healthcare needs. In the same vein, the World Health Organization (WHO) has called for increased funding for the Nigerian health sector, if the nation would reach its goal of 15% set forth in the Abuja Declaration on improving the health sector.

It is largely believed that this money will be needed to build out more hospital beds, improve production, storage & distribution of pharmaceuticals as well as enhance training and hiring of tens of thousands of doctors and nurses.

Like the IFC and W.H.O, Medic West Africa believes that with the right amount of investment, a healthcare system that promotes quality, affordable, efficient and preventive care is achievable in West Africa and is capable of guaranteeing better outcomes for patients.

For all healthcare professionals and key industry stakeholders, within West Africa and beyond, the Medic West Africa Exhibition and Conference is a must-attend event as organisers have constantly shown unwavering commitment to revolutionizing healthcare delivery across Africa through previous editions.

The 2022 edition of the event brought together important stakeholders across the value chain in Nigeria who commended the event. The Honourable Federal Minister of Health, Nigeria, Prof. Isaac Adewole described it as “an excellent experience” and “a premier stage for progressing and developing the healthcare industry in the region.”

For Dr Omale Joseph Amedu, Director Hospital Services, Ministry of Health, Nigeria, “Medic West Africa provides professionals with the tools and the knowledge to help solve todays healthcare issues in order to provide a better care for the community and to help development of the healthcare system by showcasing the latest trends and technology the medical industry has to offer all under one roof.”

Private sector players share the same sentiment as the event brought together the healthcare market promoting innovation in medical practice and education, according to Joachim Butzlaff, Sales Manager, 3B Scientific GmbH. He also shared his organisationss desire to participate again in the following edition “with highly realistic medical simulators, skill trainers and 3B SMART ANATOMY models to support the advancement of medical and healthcare education even further in the region.” Akin Oyediran, Managing Director Jubilee Syringe Manufacturing, said his organisation achieved its objective to attract more distributors and get recognized in the West African market for its product.

As international healthcare communities strive for continuous improvement, Medic West Africa Africa Exhibition and Conference remains the most powerful platform transforming the healthcare sector and improving healthcare outcomes across Africa. The 2023 edition event is necessary for stakeholders across the value chain advance West Africa’s health care sector.