Having interacted and interrogated with retail pharmacists to find out what are their challenges, we saw there were opportunities to support them and we have been working on the model for two years now,’’ she said.
According to her, the collaboration is coming out with 51 pharmacies that have decided to come together to collaborate, rather than being on their own running in silos.
She said that this partnership ensures that they are now able to scale and access new markets, access new resources and access new skills to do better, all to serve the citizens better.
“When you walk into a myPharmacy, you will find genuine medicine; it is a pharmacy you know that it is up to standard.
“The processes are scrutinsed to ensure they get up to the right standard; also, you will find quality and fair pricing.’’
Adebakin also told NAN that the partnership currently operates in seven states, noting that the desire was to grow to a 100 this first year of operation.
“By five years, we would have grown to 1,000 pharmacies in the network, that is our target.
By the end of April 2020, one can walk into any of the network pharmacies and also get vaccinated against cervical cancer, hepatitis B, breast screening and others tests to enhance care.
“Once anything is detected, it will be referred to a medical doctor,’’ she told NAN.
Also, Ms Julian Michaels, Sales Manager, Health Connect 24×7, a partnering organisation in the myPharmacy network, told NAN that the initiative was commendable.
Michaels said that her company was into Tele Medicine and Medical Consultation over the phone or any mobile device
According to her, the partnership we are having is an exciting partnership where we are going to be providing tablets, medical devices placed in those pharmacies.
“If the person walks into the pharmacy and needs to speak with a doctor or wants to validate what drugs to buy, the pharmacist can advise to speak to a doctor from the pharmacy.
“A call is put across to a doctor. We consult in Yoruba, Hausa , Igbo and English Languages; it is also toll free.’’
Michaels reiterated that the whole idea of the chain was to make healthcare affordable and accessible.
“People have the money, but may not know the right drug to use.
“This partnership and synergy we are trying to build up will help people to get quality and accessible medical care without constraints,’’ she said.
Also, Dr Ebi Ofrey, the Chief Executive Officer of GeroCare, also told NAN that the initiative was laudable.
According to him, his organisation provides regular home visits for the elderly and through the network, this would be further achieved, especially in hinter towns.
Edited By: Vivian Ihechu/Olagoke Olatoye