The Medical Entrepreneurship Fest has been bringing to light many Medical Entrepreneurs in Africa. The goal has always been to encourage entrepreneurship and innovation in the African health sector. The Medical Entrepreneur of the day is Dr. Ruben Gombalandi; the founder of Webzmedlectures.
Meet Dr. Ruben Gombalandi
My name is Dr. Ruben Gombalandi, I am the CEO and Co-founder of webzmedlectures, which is now a subsidiary of the Webilita group.
I am also the co-founder of RULO. I was opportune to serve in diverse leadership positions which have drastically equipped me and shaped me into the person I am today. I am also a regenerative medicine enthusiast, a voracious reader, a motivational speaker and I love Playing Video games.
Biography of Dr. Ruben Gombalandi
Am from a nuclear family, consisting of a father, mother, myself, and my elder sister. I was born in Gombe state. Gombe state is located in the Northeast region of Nigeria.
I attended Gombe international school for my first school leaving certificate (primary school education ), afterwards, I gained admission into the federal government college Billiri, where I meet a lot of wonderful teachers that truly shaped my life and I am forever grateful to all teachers at federal government college Billiri.
After successful completion, I gained admission into Bingham University where I started my medical training, but later moved to Lugansk state medical university to continue my medical training, I did my preclinical training at Lugansk state medical university, but could not do my clinical training there because of the political instability, therefore I had to transfer to Vinnitsa National medical university for my clinical training.
After successful completion of my training as a Medical Doctor, I returned to Nigeria for my one-year mandatory internship program at federal Teaching Hospital Gombe. I am currently working in a private health facility in Abuja called Standard care medical center.
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Other Businesses By Dr. Ruben Gombalandi
Apart from health practice, I am into the medical fashion industry where we produce a special Medical wears ( lab coat and scrubs ). Our popular product is called the WEBBER’s Apron which is a well thought out medical lab coat that can be worn by folks in the clinical practice and those working in the laboratory.
It encompasses style and professionalism merged into a single masterpiece. Aside from medical wear, I am also into medical tourism. I am also into the educational industry, we have an arm of the webilita group called the Webilita Edu consult where we help students who want to travel abroad for their education. We recently started a company called RULO, which is our stepping stone into mainstream fashion.
Am also into medical education, we have a channel on YouTube called webzmedlectures, where students can watch our series of medical lectures on different topics for free.
We also organize conferences for medical students where we help them develop their Professional public speaking skills and foster health promotion. I am also into cryptocurrency.
For inquiries about our services, you can reach us on Facebook @webzmedlectures.
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The role of My Business in promoting healthcare:
The central goal of our business activities is geared towards promoting healthcare, the lectures we give on YouTube can help enlighten people about common diseases and what signs to look up for and how to avoid them.
Through this avenue, we hope to enhanced community involvement in healthcare promotion. With respect to medical training, we simplify our lectures so that the upcoming doctors can have an excellent understanding of the medical concepts and by so doing, enabling them to effectively put them into use and by implication promoting excellent healthcare delivery.
Our conferences also feature a segment where a professional speaks on key health issues in society. I believe that confidence on the part of the healthcare personnel Is a very important part of healthcare service delivery, and we know that dressing is one key confidence booster that is why our Webber’s Apron is designed to enhance the confidence of the healthcare personnel to enhance service delivery which is in line with healthcare promotion.
Our medical tourism is a very important healthcare promotion avenue because it enables patients to get the healthcare service that is not available in their home country.
Why I think health workers in Africa should embrace entrepreneurship and own businesses
It is very pivotal that healthcare workers own business, because it is through owning diverse businesses that we can have enough capital to establish a patient oriented healthcare facility.
No one can run a healthcare facility like a healthcare provider, we have to take charge of our healthcare facilities, we know what the healthcare systems need, sometimes government, especially some African government downplay the health system, evident by the budgetary allocations, we are the ones in the system, and we are the ones who suffer the inadequacy of the system because we cannot carry out our duties effectively if we are not fully equipped.
Healthcare Business has a magnanimous financial requirement, and government cannot meet up with these commitments, therefore we as healthcare workers must step us and take full responsibility for our industry and protect it from market forces.
Entrepreneurship and Innovation among health workers can solve the problems of the health sector in Africa
Entrepreneurship and innovation go hand in hand. If you look at the problems of the health sector in Africa, you will realize that it Stems down from the six WHO’s building block framework of the health system.
This entails service delivery, health workforce, health information, medical product vaccine and technologies, financing, leadership, and governance.
These six building blocks need to be strong to achieve the overall goals of a health system, which are improved health; responsiveness (that is, how well the system responds to changing health needs or other changes in the system); social and financial risk protection; and improved efficiency.
Intermediate goals are access, coverage, quality, and safety. You will agree with me that entrepreneurship will birth innovation and thus increase efficiency in all of these six building blocks and this will have a tremendous effect in solving the health problems in Africa.
My Advice to young doctors and Medical Students
My advice to medical students is to learn how the system works while you are still in school and know the lapses in it and think about the possible solutions.
Don’t be afraid of saying I don’t know, and if you have an idea don’t be afraid of voicing it out, talk to your professors about it, just make sure your voice is heard because we lose touch with our genius as we grow old, and the brightest ideas stem from the youngest mind, so know that you are our hope and your mind is our gold mine.
As medical students also you should embrace the research culture, it is the only way to advance our sciences. Take up a challenge and start building solutions right from now. Talk to your teachers, Professors about it, no matter how stupid it may sound.
Lastly, as medical students you must be in a RELATIONSHIP with your books, it is the best thing you can do for yourself, be obsessed with your books, read all you can, know all you can, attend as many conferences as you can, and always know that you are the key to the future of our noble profession. For young Doctors always try to update their knowledge and practice medicine with altruism. Be diligent in all your undertakings and always respect your senior colleagues.
Final Advice from Dr. Ruben Gombalandi
The Healthcare industry must be protected from the market forces in order for us to protect and preserve the true essence of the profession.
Invite your favorite Health worker to write a biography too.