I am fundamentally an optimist. Whether that comes from nature or nurture, I cannot say. Part of being optimistic is keeping one’s head pointed toward the sun, one’s feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair. That way lays defeat and death. – Nelson Mandela
I was 18 and doing my first year in pharmacy at Wits University. I remember the day where I had to type my sociology assignment. It had to be 3000 words.
It took me 12 hours to complete it.
From that day, I got fascinated by everything related to computers. Whether it’s a software or hardware.
You see, I grew up in a rural area not far from Bisho (about 10 Kilometres away), in the Eastern Cape province, South Africa. I did my Grade 1 to 12 in the local government schools where English is a second language. And having access to a computer is an inconceivable dream.
In my high school years, I used to walk 6 kilometres back and forth.
The struggle was real but invigorating. And it still is.
But I never lost hope. Because of my father, I was always optimistic.
He used to say, [clickToTweet tweet=”“If Tata Mandela could spend 27 years behind bars to achieve his dream, what would stop you?”” quote=”“If Tata Mandela could spend 27 years behind bars to achieve his dream, what would stop you?””]
Those words still haunt me even today.
Fast forward to 2017; I am a practising pharmacist in South Africa. I am a founding director of an internet company, Bandela Media.
And today I am releasing one of my personal work to the world.
I am launching a blog. It’s called Yodruggist. Any questions?
The nitty-gritty of Yodruggist you need to know
So what’s Yodruggist is all about?
I derived the name from “Your druggist” as in ‘your pharmacist’.
Yodruggist is a blog that’s going to educate you about drugs. For you to better manage your health and be ready when you get sick.
The blog is part commonsensical, part educational. I draw deeply from the lessons and experience I’ve accumulated from practising as a pharmacist.
With the Yodruggist blog, my mission is simple: to educate you about drugs. With such knowledge, you’ll better manage your health and make informed decisions.
For example, with a lack of right information, you might find yourself in an unprecedented situation such as:
- You get pregnant while you were on contraceptives; because you weren’t taking your pills exactly at the same time every day.
- You develop XDR-TB as a result of you not completing your plain TB treatment.
- Or you become resistant to your HIV medication (Because you were sometimes not taking during weekends because of partying.)
These cases might sound extreme. But they are for real. I have encountered them several times.
Who is Yodruggist for?
Who is the ideal reader? It’s the non-healthcare professionals. Someone who is outside the game.
As a pharmacist, I was trained to help people. I was trained to educate and inform patients about anything related to drugs. Drug Names. Doses. Side effects. Mechanism of action. Drug interactions.
You name them.
I take pride in helping you as a patient to solve your problem.
I take pride in making your decisions informed decisions.
I take pride in bombarding you as a patient with information related to medicines.
After all, that’s the edge I got from Wits.
Being a patient does not mean you are stupid. With the Yodruggist blog, I will bombard you with information. I know you are going to turn around and use that information to make a right decision.
As a consumer, you have a right to understand how medicines work. And that’s my responsibility as a pharmacist to teach you.
In case you wonder, I am the only writer on the blog.
And for guest posts? There’s nothing in the pipeline yet.
For now, I will be writing one or two blog posts a month. But I will eventually scale up to 1-2 articles per week depending on the demand and traffic.
What’s coming next for Yodruggist?
So what’s in the future for Yodruggist? You’re really on fire with these questions.
So here are three upcoming products that’ll be part of the Yodruggist brand. I am no going to cover them in depth because they deserve their separate posts.
1. Yodruggist Directory
Who’s one of the best people to tell about the best doctors, best dentists, best hospitals around?
But unfortunately, pharmacists are not there 24/7. And you can get sick any time of day.
Imagine if that happens to you, and you’re in a city you are not familiar with.
That’s where Yodruggist directory comes in.
Yodruggist Directory is an online tool that’ll make it easier for you to find the best in healthcare South Africa has to offer. It’s like Medpages, but far better.
It’s more than just a search engine. It’s a game changer for you as a patient.
So be on the lookout. It’s coming soon. If you’re a healthcare professional and want to be part of it, drop me an email at bandela[at]yodruggist.co.za
2. Yodruggist Jobs
Yodruggist Jobs is a niche jobs portal for the health profession in South Africa.
It will connect employers with health professionals from all categories. From Acupuncturist to Therapeutic Reflexologist.
Yodruggist Jobs will empower employers to find the best candidates to work for their company.
The site will come with many useful tools. These will include (for both companies and health professionals. ):
- Geo-location search tool
- Email alerts for both candidates and employers
- Advance yet intuitive job submission tool
- Application deadline functionality
- CV builder tool
- Jobs and candidate shortlisting feature
- Application tracking
And lot more. I am currently working on Yodruggist Jobs, and I will launch it by mid-April.
3. Yodruggist Magazine
Everyone has the right to access information. But not everyone has access to the internet. And some people still prefers to consume information from the hard copy of a magazine.
To cater for such, I will launch a magazine. But this is not something in the pipeline. But in the back of my mind.
So I am sharing with you, as you seem interested in the path of Yodruggist as a brand.
But enough the details.
Checkout Yodruggist for yourself
Head over to the Yodruggist blog and let me know what you think. If you like the content, look for the email form and subscribe to the blog.
I will spam you or sell it.
So far I’ve written an article on everything you need to know about the morning-after pill. Read it. It’s an eye-opener.