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New Nigerian e-Yellow Fever Vaccination Card

All travelers are required to present proof of their Yellow Fever vaccination certificate at their port of entry into Nigeria. The Yellow Fever card is an important document which is given to a person after getting a vaccine against Yellow Fever. Following the declaration by the Federal Government in Nigeria that the old Yellow Fever card would no longer be acceptable from July 1, 2019, the government of Nigeria introduced a new electronic Yellow Fever card (the “E-Yellow Card”). The E-Yellow Card is issued by the Ministry of Health Vaccination Centre.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends vaccination against yellow fever for all international travellers nine months of age and older, before they come to Nigeria, as there is evidence of persistent or periodic yellow fever virus transmission here in Nigeria. The WHO has established additional measures at ports of entry for the prevention and control of Yellow Fever, which includes presentation of evidence of vaccination against Yellow Fever on arrival in Nigeria.

Expatriates that reside in Nigeria for work purposes will be required to obtain the Yellow Fever vaccination card by swapping the Yellow Fever card obtained in their country with the e-Yellow Card. The documents required for the swap are as follows:

  1. Original international passport
  2. Yellow fever card
  3. Payment receipt

It is important to note that the expatriate must have received the yellow fever and polio vaccination before the card can be swapped. In the event the expatriate has not received
the polio vaccination, he will be required to receive the vaccination before the card can be issued.

Furthermore, travellers arriving Nigeria without proof of Yellow Fever vaccination would be vaccinated with the yellow fever vaccine at the points of entry and issued the e-Yellow Card, after payment of the relevant fees.

This information is courtesy of Bloomfield Law Practice, which is able to procure the new e-Yellow Card on behalf of expatriates who are already in country and only require their cards to be swapped. Those interested can contact Bloomfield via olamide.soetan@bloomfield-law.com or +234 1454 2130.

 

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Award-winning Start-up MPharma Targets Affordable Medicine for Every African

Because there is little regulation in some African countries, drug prices are marked up by middlemen and often become exorbitant

MPharma, a Ghana-based start-up has received $1.5 million from Ebay billionaire Jeff Skoll to support its work in changing Africa’s pharmaceutical industry to make medicines more affordable.

MPharma is one of five social businesses to receive awards from the Skoll Foundation at this week’s Skoll World Forum, Britain’s leading event for social enterprise.

Pharmacy owners in African countries such as Ghana and Nigeria have to negotiate prices individually with drug suppliers, meaning the same medicine can cost different amounts in different pharmacies, said mPharma founder Gregory Rockson.

Because there is little regulation, drug prices are marked up by middlemen and often become exorbitant, he said.

MPharma works by managing drug supply for multiple pharmacies, so it can negotiate bulk prices and re-distribute medicines as needed. The pharmacists only pay for what they sell, which incentivises mPharma to keep prices low.

“We want every African patient to be able to get access to the medicine they need, irrespective of their socioeconomic background,” Rockson told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

“We hope that by doing that we can create the largest and most impactful healthcare company in Africa.”

Medicines account for 20 to 60 percent of health spending in low- and middle-income countries worldwide, compared with 18 percent in more developed countries, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Up to 90 percent of people in developing countries have to pay for medicines out-of-pocket, making them unaffordable for much of the population, says WHO.

“We have a challenge in many African countries as it relates to the availability of products, the quality and the affordability,” said Tania Holt, who leads healthcare activities in Africa for the U.S. consulting firm McKinsey & Company.

Start-ups as well as governments and donors are working to find solutions to these three problems, she said.

“I think it’s an area that lends itself very nicely to disruption … so it’s exciting to follow the start-up community as they engage in solving a very big challenge,” said Holt.

MPharma aims to eventually supply drugs to public hospitals as well as private pharmacies, cutting out what Rockson says is a large amount of bribery, corruption, and fraud.

It has also launched a micro-payment solution called Mutti for certain life-saving, high-end drugs.

Since launching in Ghana in 2014, the company is now present in Nigeria, Zambia and Zimbabwe and last month bought the second-largest pharmacy chain in Kenya.

 

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