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E-commerce firm, Konga to reduce cost of health service delivery

Electronic commerce firm, Konga says it will extend its retail revolution to the health sector by launching an integrated cost-efficient health project.

The Co-Chief Executive Officer, Konga, Nnamdi Ekeh, said on Monday in Lagos, that the firm would acquire a pharmacy chain.

Ekeh said that the revolutionary project which was expected to reduce the cost of health service delivery was set to kick off by the third quarter of 2019.

He said that the company was keen to revolutionise the face of health service delivery in Nigeria and beyond by ensuring swift delivery of quality drugs to end-users.

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According to him, health service delivery in Nigeria is still very expensive and beset with challenges bordering on access and speed of delivery to residents in metropolitan cities but even worse with users in the hinterlands.

“Konga intends to change this situation by extending our retail revolution to this very critical sector.

“We have all the necessary approvals of the Konga Board to launch the most integrated genuine drug availability and delivery project by the third quarter of this year.

“We already have a commitment of a huge amount from a foundation to subsidise the cost of last mile delivery to some classified persons and organisations.

“We also have approval to import digital lab equipment to test some batches of drugs supplied to our pharmacies nationwide by manufacturers and distributors to make sure they meet global standards.

“We consider this as purely not a commercial rollout because there is social content to it,” he said in a statement.

Ekeh said that the company was going to partner with stakeholders up to the village level to make sure this happens.

“The roadmap to our quality health project is clear and we are sure it will be a rewarding experience for Nigerians.

“We will release more information in the month of August but rest assured that the technology that will drive the network is ready and certified,’’ he said.

Acquired by the Zinox Group from previous owners, South Africa’s Naspers and Swedish investment firm, AB Kinnevik in January 2018, Konga has undergone a huge transformation that has seen its value grow astronomically over the past 12 months. (NAN)