Ochoche Ubenyi, CEO at NiMEDix


5 months ago
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For the People, By the People: Technology Innovation

By Angie Gallagher

At BurstIQ, we have the honor to work with many astounding people, and we want to share their inspiring stories, which increase our motive to keep doing the work we set out to do: make the world a healthier, happier place.

One of our most heartfelt encounters is with a Nigerian medical student, Ochoche Ubenyi, who launched an app to serve the rural areas of his country and assist their lack of resources countrywide. Using blockchain, he will overcome the intense health care challenges.


One of the things that become apparent when you meet Ochoche, he always has a smile on his face. He is a very joyful person. However, as I learned more about his back story, my respect for him continued to grow. During his formative years, Ochoche endured many heart-breaking experiences. First, his father died, his brother also passed away, and then, his uncle and wife (guardians) who adopted him also died, and in a single day, he witnessed over twenty children perish in his town due to lack of medical care. His country has only 30,000 doctors to serve its population of 200 million. And with the population growth rate, 70,000,000 doctors will be needed by 2030. With inadequate healthcare, his father’s death was preventable, but their circumstance creates deathly situations.

Ochoche decided to pursue medical school, so another person would not have to endure the loss of his family in this way. He passed the exam with a perfect score, but that did not guarantee he would be accepted. In a single year, 1 to 2 million people take the medical exam. 25,000 individuals applied to the institution he wanted to attend, competing for only 50 positions.

Ochoche channeled his personal experiences into a commitment to help others avoid the tragedy he experienced. Through one of his classes, Ochoche met a software developer who shares his passion for improving healthcare, and the two of them created NiMEDix.


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