KNUST Based Pharmaceutical Startup Develops Africa’s First COVID-19 Self Checker


The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi has been in the news since the outbreak of COVID 19 for various reasons.

The university was the first to begin the mass production of sanitizers to augment availability in the face of sharp price hikes.

One of the University’s students startup, FastRx, an online pharmacy that serves students on campus and its environs has become the first to develop a self checker in Africa as the pharmaceutical industry as well as Tech companies scramble to produce self checkers and testers.

The Co-Founder of the startup, William Abrefa spoke to Campus360 CEO, Adivor Peter Agbesi about the operations of the company and the new COVID-19 Checker they just developed called Abbey

William said “FastRx is a health tech startup that leverages technology to solve pressing challenges in the heath care system in Ghana. FastRx has two main services it provide to its customers; FastRx HealthCard and FastRx Logistics.

FastRx healthCard provides quality and affordable healthcare to low and middle class people regardless of their inability to pay up front. Our logistics services enable pharmacies to deliver prescriptions to their customers right in the comfort of their homes or offices.”

William Abrefa Explains How The Checker Works;

Abbey is a COVID-19 self-checker bot developed to enable individuals quickly assess the possibility of being infected with the virus and also make informed decisions about seeking medical assistance . The goal is to reduce the burden on health officials from tracking people who are showing symptoms that could be related to COVID-19 or other serious cold and flu conditions at medical facilities , help people better understand the severity of their symptoms and educate the public on Coronavirus, its symptoms and preventive measures.

When the bot is launched, it will ask you a series of questions which aim to determine if the symptoms you are experiencing mean you should seek immediate medical help.”

Source: Adivor Peter Agbesi (

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