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Several Challenges Inhibit the African Healthcare Sector

They include a shortage of health practitioners due to brain drain, lack of healthcare financing, nonchalant government, poor maintenance of health facilities, poor service delivery, circulation of counterfeit drugs, etc. Over the years, these problems have produced a dysfunctional and unreliable healthcare sector, increasing the continent’s risk of disease spread and deaths. That has forced many Africans to embark on medical tourism overseas, causing losses in revenue for the African medical ecosystem. Last year, the Federal Government of Nigeria disclosed that Nigerians spend between $1.2 -$1.6 billion on medical tourism annually. As these trends continue across many African countries, African innovators are rising to the occasion, using technology to resolve some of these problems.