Stakeholders have said that technology advancement is important for transforming West Africa’s healthcare infrastructures.
The stakeholders, who included regional healthcare professionals, policymakers and service providers, said this at the just concluded Medic West Africa Exhibition and Conference, organized by Informa Markets.
The Deputy Governor of Ogun State, Mrs. Noimot Salako-Oyedele, who commended the conference as a platform to bridge the technology and knowledge gap in Nigeria and West Africa, said technologies are important and needed to upgrade the country’s health industry as welling providing international -standard healthcare.
She said the exhibition provided key stakeholders the platform to explore what is needed for facilities and learn more about the newest innovations in healthcare.
The Medic West Africa’s Exhibition Manager, Mr. Amogh Wadwalkar, said the conference commenced 10 years ago, as a platform to showcase the latest innovations in healthcare technology to industry players for the advancement of regional health infrastructures.
He said the exhibition platform has become a place of discourse concerning topical issues challenging the healthcare industry in the West African region.
He said the platform brought people together to build relationships for the sustainable growth of the sector, as well as unearth solutions for the greatest challenges affecting the health ecosystem and the communities.
Wadwalkar said technologies exhibited at the conference were state-of-the-art imaging and diagnostics, laboratory equipment, IT systems and solutions, healthcare infrastructure and assets, disposables and consumer goods, pharmaceuticals and supplements, medical equipment and instruments, among many others.
Informa Market’s Group Director for Healthcare, Solenne Singer, said the platform ensured manufacturers meet with local buyers to aid in the sourcing of health equipment and solutions for their facilities and the people of Nigeria.
He said the platform is the best gateway to access the West African healthcare market and has continued to provide unmatched networking opportunities and connected various agents on the B2B spectrum.
“This year, we unveiled a laboratory segment, Medlab, as the highlight of the show. A distinguished exhibition showcasing innovative products across the medical laboratory industry, it sets the foundation for the introduction of quality diagnostics and care to Nigeria, ”he said.