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Nigerian undergraduates founded JEAY to offer the country with affordable and accessible healthcare.

Jesutoni Omiye attends Ekiti State University in Ado Ekiti, Nigeria. He has sickle cell disease and always goes home when he is sick to be treated by his mother, a nurse.

There is no denying that the internet has changed the way we live. He was in tremendous pain and didn’t have any medications on him.

His hostel friend, Toluwanimi Fanibuyan, and a few others offered to drive him to the school clinic so he could receive some painkillers. When they arrived at the school’s health center, they discovered that it was closed due to a strike by the Non-Academic Staff Union of Allied and Education Institutions (NASU).

Another possibility was to go to a neighboring hospital, clinic, or teaching hospital. They couldn’t, though, because it would be too costly, upsetting, and time consuming.

With no transportation available, they walked the lengthy distance back to their accommodation after purchasing painkillers at a drugstore close to the school.

“The majority of pupils at school have difficulty receiving healthcare at the school clinic. That was not an isolated incident for me. “Tolu is one of many persons I know who have struggled to get medical care,” Omiye explains.

As a result, he thought about making healthcare more accessible and affordable to students.

However, the first-year student’s ambitions were put on hold when pandemic-induced lockdowns went into force in early 2020, forcing students to flee the school grounds.

When classes started in 2021, he concentrated on his academics until March 2022, when the eight-month-long Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike began.


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