Yes, I return. Bearing more eye opening information.
But first, How are you? I hope I find you well.
Last time I introduced a cryptocurrency concept, I told you about Ubrica/Ubricoin and highlighted it’s vision towards global health. In case you missed it, go check it out.
Today, I want to talk about some of the health issues we face as a nation and how Ubrica intends to mitigate them.
What health issue to do you encounter in your day-to-day experience trying to access or sustain a healthy lifestyle?
Think about that.
In the mean time, here are some of the health issues our country Kenya faces along with how Ubrica will change the situation for the ultimate goal of global health.
COST OF HEALTHCARE
“You are one illness away from financial ruin.” Or so the saying goes. And for three out of four Kenyans who are not covered by any health insurance, this saying rings all too well. If then you find yourself in the bracket of one out of five Kenyans who fall sick every month, 16 percent fail to seek medical attention due to financial constrain.
According to an article on Daily Nation of 17/7/2018 written by Elizabeth Merab, Another 4 out of 10 tough it out by selling their belongings or take loans to pay medical bill, but in the process, nearly a million or so are pushed into destitution by high healthcare costs. Availing healthcare to all proves difficult due to poverty and low or no income populations.
How does Ubrica intend to ease this burden, you ask. Ubrica shall overcome high cost of medical services by constructing a biomedical industry city (BMIC). It is in the BMIC that Ubrica will support education and manufacturing of full range medical devices and all products used in medical systems. Locally manufactured technologies will be cheaper than imported versions.
ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE
Kenyans face a lot of problems accessing healthcare, and especially people with marginalised pockets. A marginalised pocket is one that does not have money. Other factors that lead to limited or no access are dense populations in urban areas and rural geographical locations. Access to healthcare in Kenya is still a challenge to the majority of people, and particularly increasingly low income earners who have to juggle to make ends meet and face the demands for high cost of living. This means that most people resort to seeking contributions, in form of harambees, from friends and/or family whenever there is a medical emergency appears. Others will self-medicate, over the counter, with dire consequences sometimes leading to death.
Ubrica plans to overcome access problems in two ways: One way is to support construction of widely distributed clinical facilities integrated with retail centres and produce processing workshops. Such facilities will be known as URCCs. The other way is to increase supply of money by facilitating trade by online and onsite retail markets.
That’s because it is.
POOR QUALITY OF HEALTH SERVICES
According World Health Organisation ([WHO], 2018), inaccurate diagnosis, medical errors, inappropriate or unnecessary treatment, inadequate or unsafe clinical facilities or practices and providers who lack adequate training in expertise, prevail in Kenya. In these conditions, quality of health delivered is just dreary.
This challenge is great even in low- and middle-income countries, where 10% of hospital patients acquire infections, hospital acquired infections (HAI), during the course of their stay compared to 7% in high income countries. This is despite hospital acquired infections being easily avoided through better hygiene, improved infection control practices and judicious use of antimicrobials.
Healthcare workers in seven low- and middle income African countries were only able to make accurate diagnosis one third to three quarter if the time, and clinical guidelines for common conditions are followed less than 45 percent of the time on average.
2Research in eight high-mortality countries in the Caribbean and Africa found that effective, quality maternal and child health services are far less prevalent than suggested by just looking to access the services. For example, Just 28% of antenatal care, 26% of family planning services and 21% of sick-child care across those countries qualified as ‘effective’.
Around 15% of hospital expenditure in high-income countries is due to mistakes in care or patients being infected while in hospital.
The organisation for Economic Co-operation and development (OECD) secretary-general Angel Gurria said, “without quality health services, universal health coverage will remain an empty promise,” And I couldn’t agree more!
“Good health is the foundation of a country’s human capital and no country can afford low-quality or unsafe healthcare.” World Bank group president Jim Yong Kim said. ” low quality care disproportionately impacts the poor which is not only morally reprehensible, it is economically unsustainable for families and entire counties,” reported Oketch (2018).
Ubrica will improve quality of medical services by supporting design, development and science and technology parks (STPs) adjacent to all universities in Kenya. The STPs will promote translation and commercialization of university and community knowledge. This will bring to being, new knowledge technologies and services that are of great quality.
If you have come this far, I am certain you see how incredibly life changing Ubrica intends to be for us all. Global health doesn’t seem unachievable now, does it?
I assume that’s a no?
You’re right. It is achievable and Ubrica is here to show us how.
Stay tuned for my next piece. It gets better.
Until then, Here are a few sites you should visit for more insight.Twitter @UbricaKe; Ig @Ubrica_ke; YouTube The Ubrican; website, https://ubricoin.ubrica.com/
Oketch, A. (2018). There can be no universal health coverage without quality care. Retrieved from https://www.nation.co.ke/health/One-in-10-patients-harmed-during-medical-treatment/3476990-4666160-hfwyclz/index.html
World Health Organization. (2018). Delivering quality health services: A global imperative for universal health coverage. Retrieved from https://www.who.int/servicedeliverysafety/quality-report/en/