June 7, 2023

West Africa tackles NTDs as Healthcare Expo opens Aug 23

West Africa tackles NTDs as Healthcare Expo opens Aug 23

By Sola Ogundipe

Towards addressing the menace of Neglected Tropical Diseases, NTDs, within the West African sub-region, government officials, healthcare professionals, drug manufacturers, scientists, pharmaceutical experts, and other key players in the Nigerian healthcare industry are set to gather at the West African Healthcare Expo 2023.

Themed “Neglected Tropical Diseases and the Consequential Health Burden on the Citizens”, the event is being put together by Cincinatus Hopewell Limited, an international consulting firm, in the bid to further raise public awareness about NTDs and to channel a way forward for the region.

In a statement, the spokesperson of the organizers, Mr. Momoh Afegbua, said during the event billed to take place at the Academic Guest House and Events Centre in Lagos on August 23 – 27, 2023, major stakeholders in the industry will converge to showcase their brands even as they deliberate on the salient issues and to evaluate realistic solutions towards ending the mortality and morbidity of NTDs.

According to the World Health Organisation, WHO, the West Africa sub-region suffers significant consequences of NTDs such as malaria, cholera, yellow fever, guinea worm, sleeping sickness, river blindness, Chagas disease, Dengue fever, lymphatic filariasis, leprosy, onchocerciasis among others.

The Expo which kicks off with the exhibition will climax with a dinner and award ceremony and wrap up with an excursion. Further, it provides opportunities for partnerships with banks and the media.

Noting that the activities of the event are open for sponsorship, he said exhibitors are expected to complete payment for booth rentals by August 23, 2023.

Cincinatus Hopewell Limited is an international consulting firm working with associations and professionals promoting their brands or products, with head office in Mowe, Ogun State, Nigeria, and branches in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, and New Delhi, India.

Healthcare expo is increasingly adopted to address public health issues. In Nigeria, it serves as a tool to achieve the Right to Health guaranteed by the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights as well as the Constitution of the Federal Republic (as amended).