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Google introduces Health Knowledge Panel

Internet search engine, Google, on Monday , announced the launch of its health knowledge panels in Nigeria..

Google Vice President of Product Management, Mrs Tamar Yehoshua, made this known in a statement in Lagos .

Yehoshua stated that the health knowledge panels would appear at the top of any health-related search result.

According to her , it will provide a snapshot of the condition, symptoms and treatment of more than 800 commonly searched health conditions.

She added that “ Google is where most people turn to when they have health questions . In fact , one out of 20 Google searches are for health-related information .

“ With this in mind, Google developed its health knowledge panel , which is now available in 20 countries in Africa, including Nigeria.

“ The health knowledge panels are available on both mobile and desktop, and cover over 800 health conditions created to display facts for health problems and symptoms based on peoples ’ search interests .

“ Nigerians are turning to Google Search to find answers to a variety of topics ranging from health, finance , as well as entertainment, sports and others issues of national interest.

“ 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 , ” she said.

“ We collaborated with a team of medical experts from institutions such as University of Ibadan and Mayo Clinic in the U. S .

“ The collaboration is to ensure that gathered facts represent real-life clinical knowledge from health institutions and experts around the world . ”

Yehoshua said Google had earlier announced plans to launch a number of new features like health searches and Google posts .

Others are sports searches for users of Google search in Nigeria at the “ Google for Nigeria conference in July . ”

She noted that though the health card feature was intended for informational purposes only, users were advised to consult a medical professional regarding actual health concerns.

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