In what seems like a rescue mission to improve the quality of health care in Nigeria, working within the core principles of primary health care as recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO), INVIVO is offering free consultancy services to Nigerians in its outlets, including Abuja.
INVIVO, Nigeria’s foremost Health and Beauty stores introduced a one-stop destination for all health and beauty needs with over 10,000 Nigerians treated free of charge within a year in its three stores located in Lagos, Abuja and Ibadan.
Speaking during a tour of its facility in Abuja, the Director, Mr. John Onyeoguzoro, who disclosed that plans are underway to have 500 stores across Nigeria, said the goal of the company is to treat 2,500,000 Nigerians free of charge annually.
“Already two more outlets are currently in the pipeline and these will run a pharmacy and treatment room with a resident doctor offering free consultations on a daily basis.”
Onyeoguzoro noted that INVIVO, a subsidiary of Smartmark Limited, was established to address social problems such as lack of easy access to primary healthcare; the menace of counterfeit and fake dugs; self-medication; and lack of early diagnosis of potentially fatal disease conditions.
The founder, Mr Yakubu Gobir, maintained that in line with the company’s objectives, INVIVO is a patient-centred and health focused business and geared to support the government towards achieving its primary healthcare goals.
He said that the free health check facility in all INVIVO stores allows patients to walk-in; get their vitals checked and a resident doctor or nurse to consult free of charge, saying, “Health is one of the basic rights of life, but unfortunately a lot of Nigerians don’t have access to it.”
The founder explained that the organization is managed by seasoned professionals who have spent years of their careers in the pharmaceutical sector and understands where gaps exist and to offer solutions.
Narrating their experiences since inception in 2015 in Abuja, the Superintendent Pharmacist, Dr. Sunday Olatunde, said the concept of the outfit is to save manpower hour loss , saying, “We are trying to see a situation where some drugs-. problems that people constantly visit hospitals are solved here without any loss of manpower.”
According to him, for a nation to actually develop and have a thriving economic system, such nation needs a healthy workforce , so INVIVO tries as much as possible to solve these problems through this primary health care model.
He noted the incidence of significant drug side effect in an hypertensive patient who has been taking a combination of two different diuretics.
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