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FG Unveils Indigenous Health Social Innovations

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L-R: The Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu and the vice-chancellor, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Prof. Charles Esimone during the unveiling of indigenous health social innovations in Abuja.

As part of efforts at improving healthcare delivery in Nigeria, the Federal Government has unveiled indigenous health social innovations to enhance the country’s health sector.

Speaking at the unveiling today (August 23) in Abuja, the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, expressed happiness at the level of ingenuity of Nigerians.

“The top three social innovations in health that have emerged from the various selection stages put in place by SIHI Nigeria in collaboration with FMSTI are remarkable because they are all home-grown solutions,” he said.

He further pledged to support the social innovations in health and called on the organised private sector (OPS) to partner with SIHI, adding the partnership and support will ensure the innovations become Nigeria’s branded innovative solutions to the world.

Earlier in his remarks, the vice-chancellor of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Prof. Charles Esimone, said social interventions should be focused on solving local challenges.

He urged the organised private sector (OPS) to invest more and partner social innovation programmes.

The team leader of SIHI, Prof. Emeritus Obioma Nwaorgu in her speech, said social intervention in health initiative helps to address the health care delivery gap.  

Science Nigeria gathered that the innovations were made possible through the Social Innovation in Health (SIHI) Nigeria Hub, a branch of the SIHI global network, which is domiciled under the World Health Organisation (WHO).

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