Google launches health knowledge panels in Nigeria


At the top of health-related Google searches, you’ll now see a snapshot of the condition, symptoms and treatment

Tech giant Google today announced the official launch of health knowledge panels in Nigeria. In a statement made available to HealthNewsNG, Google said health knowledge panels appear at the top of any health-related search result and provide a snapshot of the condition, symptoms and treatment of more than 800 commonly searched for health conditions.

Google said its health knowledge panel is now available in twenty countries in Africa including Nigeria on mobile and desktop; it covers over 800 health conditions curated to display facts for health problems and symptoms based on peoples’ search interests.

Tamar Yehoshua, Google’s VP of Product Management said, “Nigerians are turning to Google Search to find answers to a variety of topics ranging from health, to financial well-being to entertainment and sports to national interests. In fact, Search growth in Nigeria has been accelerating and has been recently outpacing the global growth average, proof that Google Search has become an important information destination for the people.”

“As we roll out this feature in Nigeria, our hope is to help to provide knowledge to Nigerians searching for information about common health issues.  We collaborated with a team of medical experts from institutions such as the University of Ibadan and the Mayo Clinic to ensure that all the gathered facts represent real-life clinical knowledge from health institutions and experts around the world.”

Google had earlier pre-announced plans to launch a number of new features like Health Searches, Google posts and Sports Searches for users of Google Search in Nigeria at the ‘Google for Nigeria conference in July’.

“It should be noted though that the health card feature is intended for informational purposes only, users are advised to consult a medical professional regarding actual health concerns,” Google stated.


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