Nigerian Tech Team Wins US University Fund for Healthcare Solutions

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By Adanna Nnamani, Abuja

To boost healthcare delivery in the country, the Ekiti team, Governance Innovation Accelerator, won technical support for Health Solutions from a leading US university, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Governance Lab (MIT GOV/LAB).

The Ekiti State Government had partnered with MIT/GOVLAB to launch the Governance Innovation Lifecycle Challenge and Accelerator in December last year.

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Two teams of state officials within the Ministry of Health have been brought together to develop innovation-driven solutions to address health sector challenges.

The six-month program has spawned technology-driven solutions to improve health service delivery in Ekiti State, particularly in the areas of health safety, quality of care, epidemiology as well as surveillance issues in Ekiti State.

Ekiti State Commissioner for Health and Social Services, Dr Oyebanji Filani, speaking to reporters in a statement, said the innovation framework, GIF, is a process that sector organizations public must adopt to accelerate delivery services and advance innovative solutions in Ekiti State.

Filani, while noting that civil servants are the drivers of policy implementation in the public sector, argued for intensive training to improve their approach to public issues.

He said: “The Innovation Framework (GIF) is a process that public sector organizations like the Department of Health can use to improve processes in the public system. This will allow us to create and sustain innovative solutions that meet the needs of Ekiti residents and improve service delivery.

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“Civil servants are the drivers of policy implementation in the public sector and they have great potential to improve the way they solve problems, if given the opportunity and trained accordingly. Our goal is to build the capacity of our officials because they are there for the long term.

Speaking earlier, MIT GOV/LAB Associate Director of Innovation Carlos Centeno said, “The Qualicare team that won the challenge will receive full funding and technology support to implement their solution, an Accelerator Certificate of Completion from MIT GOV/LAB and an opportunity to showcase their solutions to other development organizations in Boston USA.

For her part, the Head of Design for Health at the Co-Creation Hub, Dr. Temi Filani, pledged that she will continue to advance innovations to improve the health of the Ekiti people and Nigeria in general.

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