Uganda implements the MediConnect Blockchain platform for the detection of fake medicines

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The Ugandan government has partnered with MediConnect blockchain startup to track counterfeit medicines in the country, according to a press release shared with Cointelegraph on July 22.

The President of Uganda, Yoweri Musevini, Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng, and other government officials supported the blockchain-based platform of MediConnect to address various problems in the pharmaceutical sector. In particular, the government stated that it would use the platform to track counterfeit medicines.

The platform enables the registration of prescription drugs, thereby identifying counterfeit drugs and preventing their spread in the pharmaceutical supply chain. According to the Ugandan National Drugs Authority, 10% of the medicines prescribed in the country have counterfeit copies available to the public on the market. Dexter Blackstock, CEO of MediConnect, said:

"The Ugandan President, Minister of Health and National Drugs Authority all understand that it is important to address the country's counterfeiting drug problem quickly and to recognize the benefits offered by detecting medication on the safe, scalable blockchain framework that we are developing. We see this as an important opportunity for MediConnect to be part of the national infrastructure of Uganda and to protect its citizens by ensuring that all medicines in circulation are authentic and safe. "

The parties entered into a partnership after the Africa Blockchain Conference 2019 in Kampala led by Museveni. Museveni reportedly supported the use of blockchain technology in Uganda during his inaugural address.

Recently, 46 organizations joined the Binance Charity Foundation to promote the Pink Care Token & # 39; (PCAT) aimed at improving women's health in developing countries. The first delivery of PCAT and sanitary pads would take place in Uganda in mid-July.

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