Health Month: Get Ready, Facebook Boy, Mark Zuckerberg, Wants To Make You A Doctor
We are in a health month, a period that health awareness is chorused the highest, even though our government in Nigeria does not seem to be flowing in the trend and tide.
In the Western world, where a true and working healthcare system exists, things are happening.
Rich men topping world ranking in dollars like Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg are looking at how to help humanity live healthier even though their system will still give back to their pockets like nature gives back to the one that follows due diligence in planting.
On Tuesday, that Facebook boy, as Nigerians say one of their presidents referred to him when he was in Nigeria some years ago, showed he was up for something and Nigerians are his target.
This is one of the reasons the young billionaire was in Nigeria and then some other African countries with huge population.
You know that machines are used before to find this out and the individual will surely pay for it. Most times they are not even affordable for people who earn meagre 18,000 Naira minimum wage.
All that lack of money challenge may be disappearing if what Mr Zuckerberg and the team are planning comes through.
Guess Is Taken Away
The statement on his Facebook page read: "IDseq will allow scientists and health workers anywhere in the world to detect emerging diseases quickly before they become outbreaks.
"IDseq will be free, open-source, and cloud-based so 'ANYONE' with an internet connection can use it.
"IDseq is an example of an approach called "hypothesis-free diagnostics".
"That is, today when you go to a doctor, they first come up with a best guess at what disease you may have and then they test you for that specifically -- whether that's a specific blood test, a biopsy, or so on.
"With hypothesis-free diagnostics, the doctor doesn't need to have an idea of what you might have first.
"They can simply draw a sample of blood, run a quick DNA sequence on it, upload the results to IDseq, and the IDseq software will determine what pathogens are present and prevalent that could cause the disease.
"In addition to being more effective at diagnostics in some cases, this approach is helping us discover connections between different diseases and pathogens we didn't previously know about.
"To get this tool into the hands of more people around the world, the Gates Foundation is launching a new funding opportunity for global health scientists and doctors.
"We're grateful for their partnership, and excited to work with them to continue building this tool".
If the process will run without proper verification of the identity of the user, that is, anyone having access to it, as stated above, anyone that could draw a blood from his or her vein in Nigeria could just run the test and forget about going to the lab scientist or even doctors for those who believe in natural treatment.
Prepare to upload your blood sample to the internet and then get result of diseases that have not truly showed up.
The catch is that it is meant to offer an option to nations that are poor and could not afford the cost of some tests.
A way to save Africans from poor infrastructure that the government of some nation's have created and also help its people not spend much on healthcare.
One will only hope there are no terms and conditions hidden from the people.
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