Executives of Sandoz meet Ghanaian app developer


Top executives of Sandoz, a multinational pharmaceutical company has met Elvin Blankson, who won from Ghana the Sandoz Healthcare Access Challenge (HACK) worldwide competition.

The competition is to generate ideas to solve healthcare in countries and Elvin Blankson created the ‘GoPharma’ App for Ghana.

The international competition saw over 150 participants across 30 countries trying to get new ideas of tackling healthcare to improve the health of communities.

Mr Blankson in a statement copied to the Ghana News Agency said the ‘GoPharma’ App was aimed at connecting trained pharmacists in the cities with untrained staff in rural pharmacies, to aid the distribution of medicine in rural areas.

He said there had been series of questions from patients and through the ‘GoPharma’ App they have been able to get solutions from doctors and trained pharmacists that was helping tremendously.

“The App is helping patients in diverse ways, as we have qualified doctors and expertise on board, who are responding promptly to questions.

“This is bridging the gap between travelling long distances to the cities or towns to meet a pharmacist or get pharmacy shops, and it is in line with bridging the gap between traditional healthcares.”

Mr Blankson said the whole idea of the App was to build a team of experts to expedite healthcare actions.

According to him, Fiona Cook, one of the executives of Sandoz had said they were committed to supporting healthcare and to give more capacity building to enhance healthcare in societies.

The App concept is currently being piloted via WhatsApp in Greater Accra, Brong Ahafo and the Eastern Region providing a platform for testing before its launch next year.

Meanwhile, Sandoz will be meeting with Jon Rosser, Chief Executive of World Child Cancer to know how the recent expansion of their partnership was helping support children with cancer in the country.

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