Good afternoon great Nigerians and welcome to our Rebrand Nigeria Ambassador series. On today’s episode, we shall be showcasing a young Nigerian whose career objective is to ensure that Nigerians get quality drugs for a more improved health.
Getting quality medicines is not always easy in a developing country like Nigeria but the situation is gradually changing with the entry of DrugStoc, a multi-channel, cloud-based platform with over 7,000 high-quality drugs.
Meet Chibuzo Opara, the cofounder of Drugstoc, a platform that exists to empower healthcare providers to fulfill their mandate for a healthier Africa. Opara’s DrugStoc seeks ways to improve access to pharmaceutical products and services.
Opara is a medical doctor and health economist. His co-founder Adham Yehia is an expert in health facilities management. Both of them met in the Netherlands while doing their post-graduate studies.
Sourcing drugs from DrugStoc is a simple process: You go on the platform, place an order and within 24 hours the products will be supplied, according to Opara. The platform offers a myriad of payment, credit and financing solutions which are adapted to the realities of the pharmaceutical supply chain in the country.
The drug firm works with over 800 pharmacies and with the Association of General and Private Medical Practitioners of Nigeria, which has over 2,000 registered members.
The firm deploys artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain technology to enhance its track and trace capability with a view to sanitizing the system.
“What we do is to streamline the whole area by offering them value in terms of being able to get access to quality drugs,” he says.
The growth of the company has been tremendous since 2017. So far, the amount of prescriptions through hospitals and pharmacies that the firm serviced in the last two years has exceeded two million.
Opara reminds Nigerians that DrugStoc’s products are not expensive because of the firm’s advantage of doing huge volumes.
We are proud of Chibuzor Opara’s achievement in the health sector and we are honored to celebrate him today as our rebrand Nigeria ambassador.