Uganda’s president has been working behind a project using blockchain tech to fight issues arising with counterfeit medicines.
MediConnect – a firm that has built a solution to track and manage prescription meds using blockchain is happy to announce that it has received support from the Ugandan government on Monday to explore the use of its product in the country , according to an announcement.
The information come alife after the company met with the president of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, as well as its Minister of Health, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, and other government officials to discuss the benefits of a blockchain solution to avert the fake drug menance.
According to the press release, the government is also pledging support for MediConnect’s solution in tackling the spread of fake drugs in Uganda and will be ready and open to work with MediConnect on the issue.
MediConnect CEO Dexter Blackstock stated:
“The Ugandan President, Minister of Health and National Drug Authority all do understand the need to act fast to tackle the country’s counterfeit drug problem and as well recognise the benefits offered by tracing medication on the secure, scalable blockchain framework we are developing. We see this as an interesting and an important opportunity for MediConnect to work with government as we form part of Uganda’s national infrastructure and protect its citizens by making sure all drugs in circulation are authentic and safe for consumption.”
It was so evidence that 10 percent of drugs prescribed in the country have below standard or counterfeit copies sold in the market. This information was as cited by the firm according to their data from Ugandan National Drug Authority.
Drugs produced in Africa are mostly substandard or fake as the World Health Organization has also found that 10 percent of medical products in developing countries, many of which are in Africa, are substandard or fake.
A Pentecostal ministry in the U.K. and strategic partner of MediConnect , Uebert Angel, who was at the meeting with government , stated that:
“ I was shocked during jy visit to Uganda by the extent to which counterfeit drugs have ruined the lives of the most vulnerable people in society. It is therefore humbling to be able to make a difference and this is my interest, by investing in the country’s pharmaceutical sector and also partnering with MediConnect to identify fake dugs and prevent them from reaching end-users. “
President Museveni confirmed the meeting and government support on his Twitter handle
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