Dr. Umar Kakumba keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the Health Innovation Conference at the Kampala Serena Hotel on Tuesday 19th, March 2019 | Photo by PC TECH MAGAZINE/Olupot Nathan Ernest.
Dr. Umar Kakumba keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the Health Innovation Conference at the Kampala Serena Hotel on Tuesday 19th, March 2019 | Photo by PC TECH MAGAZINE/Olupot Nathan Ernest.

Deputy Vice Chancellor at Makerere University, Dr. Umar Kakumba on Tuesday officially opened the second edition of the Health Innovation Conference at the Kampala Serena Hotel.

As the Chief Guest of the event, he commended the organizers — stating such events are so fundamental for a country’s development. During his keynote speech, Umar asked participating innovative companies to provide innovative teaching to Ugandan youth.

Organized by the Ugandan Academy for Health Innovation and Impact (UAHII) , the event will go till Mar. 21st, under the theme “Sustainable Health for all: Harnessing the Fourth Industrial Revolution”. This generally focusing on how various aspects of — new, old, high and lo-tech can effectively be used to improve health.

The 3 day event will see a number of topics discussed on health including; Blockchain Technology, Entrepreneurship, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Machines for Health, Data Analytics, Virtual Reality, among others.

The conference on the other hand will create opportunities to initiate collaborative efforts in health innovation with representatives from different health sectors.

Umar urged on key players to always carry out research to help the generation population in health. He said, quote, “Research has become the end factor of production.” He Umar further said that, in order to be innovative, you need to carry out research first, because it’s a prioty.

Umar ended the opening together with the events partners by signing on a commemorative painting by Ronald Tibirusga, — renowned live events artist.

Dr. Umar Kakumba signing on a commemorative painting by renowned live events artist Ronald Tibirusga at the opening ceremony of the Health Innovation Conference at the Kampala Serena Hotel on Tuesday 19th, March 2019 | Photo by PC TECH MAGAZINE/Olupot Nathan Ernest.
Dr. Umar Kakumba signing on a commemorative painting by renowned live events artist Ronald Tibirusga at the opening ceremony of the Health Innovation Conference at the Kampala Serena Hotel on Tuesday 19th, March 2019 | Photo by PC TECH MAGAZINE/Olupot Nathan Ernest.

The event later continued with a panel session on — Harnessing the Fourth Industrial Revolution for Health and What the opportunities for health are. The panel was moderated by Andrew Kambugu; Executive Director of IDI to panelists; techpreneur; Kwame Rugunda, Steve Ollis; Co-chair at Global Digital Health Network, Mike Tartakovsky; CIO at OCICB, and Brian Woodfall; Senior Director at Johnson & Johnson.