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Reptogel Mosquito Repellant Launched in Sango

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The malaria fact sheet recently published by the United States embassy in Nigeria confirmed that there are an estimated 100 million cases with over 300,000 deaths per year. The report stated that malaria contributes to an estimated 11% of maternal mortality in the country.

This alarming statistics may have triggered Drugfield Pharmaceutical Limited in Sango Ota and Tiptop Nigeria Limited to join forces in combating malaria as they signed a partnership deal to launch Reptogel Mosquito and Insect Repellant Gel.

Speaking at the official signing of the partnership, held recently at the Sango Ota head office of Drugfield Pharmaceutical, Pharm. Olakunle Ekundayo, group managing director (GMD), Drugfield, expressed confidence that the partnership would be fruitful, saying the reason for the partnership boils down to the issue of confidence and trust, coupled with the experience in sales and marketing that Tiptop would bring to the table.

The Drugfield boss further explained that the signing of the MOU represented a symbiotic and mutual relationship aimed at putting the patient first, adding that through the new partnership, more people in the country would easily get access to Reptogel Mosquito and Insect Repellant Gel, anywhere in the country.

His words: “Drugfield is a wholly Nigerian company and same goes for Tiptop, so if we team up and make a success, then it’s better for us, rather than looking for an outsider when we have our own around us.

“We also know that Tiptop is a reliable company because its chief executive director, Pharm. Gbenga Falabi, is a seasoned marketer and he has been successful with so many products in the past, so we are hopeful that this won’t be an exception’, he said.

In his address, Gbenga Falabi who represented Tiptop Nigeria Limited, -sole marketing communications firm for Reptogel revealed that Tiptop’s relationship with Drugfield had been on for years, adding that the birth of Tiptop’s about two years ago was a milestone as it happened shortly after he left Greenlife Pharmaceuticals Limited in 2018.

According to Falabi, a former general manager of Greenlife Pharmaceuticals and past national chairman, Association of Industrial Pharmacists of Nigeria (NAIP), Drugfield is a reputable pharmaceutical company with a vision to eradicate diseases in the country and beyond through provision of top quality, affordable and available pharmaceuticals.

He said Tiptop, being a company whose objective is to help keep companies alive and well, was optimistic that the partnership aside being profitable would help save more lives from being destroyed by malaria.

According to the former NAIP boss, the burden of malaria in the country in spite of the progress made so far in combating the disease is quite alarming, noting that Nigeria still rank among countries with highest deaths as about 480, 000 deaths occur yearly in Africa alone, with Nigeria taking over 60 percent of it.

He added that Drugfield has taken a step in the right direction with the production of Reptogel Mosquito and Insect Repellant Gel, saying malaria is endemic in the country as it poses major challenge to the country and as well impedes human and infrastructural development.

Speaking on the product, Falabi, said Reptogel Mosquito and Insect Repellant Gel, is ready to protect Nigerians from mosquitoes by creating a ‘No Mosquito Zone’ for its users, adding that with each application, a consumer could enjoy up to 8 hours protection which he said was not possible with other mosquito gels that have flooded the market.

“The message is that when people are going for vigil, they should use Reptogel, children in hostels, those in schools or anybody that stay late in the evening when mosquitoes are active needs the product, he said.

Speaking about its affordability, he said it is very cheap as a piece of it costs around three hundred naira or thereabout in shops, adding that the company, Drugfield is planning to come up with 85gramms pack which is designed for the family and it will soon be unveiled in the course of the year.

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181 teachers, students contract Covid-19 in Lagos School

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A school in Lekki has recorded 181 cases of Covid-19 among its students and teachers.

This was declared by the Lagos state commissioner for health, Prof Akin Abayomi, via a statement signed by Tunbosun Ogunbanwo, Director, Public Affairs at the ministry.

Giving details of the investigation, Abayomi explained that a 14-year-old SS1 female student fell ill on the 3rd of October and was sent home after receiving first aid at the school. He added that the student subsequently tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday 6th of October in one of the accredited private labs in Lagos.

The Commissioner assured Lagosians that the State government, through the incident commands system, has the situation under control, stressing that appropriate steps have been taken to contain the spread and manage the positive cases. He noted that all parents have been contacted and counselled via a family zoom call on 13th October to further allay their fears and communication between school authorities and parents continues. The zoom call was attended by the commissioners for Health and Education and all relevant responders and stakeholders.

“There is a total lockdown and movement restriction in the school with the Epidemiology and Surveillance Pillar of the EOC and Ibeju-Lekki LGA State Disease Surveillance and Notification Officer (DSNO) reporting at the school daily to conduct further investigation while positive students and staff have been isolated on the premises and given the COVID-19 home-care treatment packs and are being monitored in isolation within the school premises,” Abayomi said.

The Commissioner stated that the school authorities supported by the State Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education are following the COVID-19 guidelines as set out by the government. According to him, “students are to be isolated in the School premises and if unwell will be admitted in one of the accredited isolation centers in Lagos. Students are discouraged from going home to avoid infecting members of their families”.

The Ministry of Health is working closely with the Ministry of Education to jointly manage this minor but significant outbreak in this boarding school. “I am pleased to announce that all the infected students are predominantly asymptomatic while some have very mild symptoms, no student has required hospitalization,” he said.

“Members of the Emergency Operation Center and our counterparts in the Ministry of Education have been deployed to the school to provide strategic interventions and support to the school. This includes psychosocial support, infection prevention control, medical monitoring and risk communication experts to further enlighten and educate affected people,” Abayomi noted.

The Commissioner reemphasized the need for citizens to practise the highest standard of personal and environmental hygiene , stressing that use of face mask in public places, proper hand washing and hand hygiene practice and maintaining physical distance will help prevent the spread of the infection.

“COVID-19 is still very much with us and we must strive to prioritize the safety of all, including students and teachers, by adhering strictly to prevention protocols and guidelines issued by government to prevent its spread,” Abayomi said.

He urged Lagosians to call the 08000EKOMED or 08000356633 toll-free line if they notice any sign or symptoms of COVID-19, which include fever, cough, sore throat, fatigue or loss of taste or smell.

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BREAKING: Churches, Mosques to re-open August 7

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The Lagos state governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has directed that religious centres can re-open for service from August 7, 2020.

The Governor also increases public gatherings capacity from 20 to 50 people.

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Lagos fumigates schools ahead resumption

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Preparatory to the planned resumption of terminal class students, the Lagos State Government has intensified the periodic fumigation/decontamination of all public secondary schools.
A press release by the Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services, Mrs. Aderonke Odeneye on Saturday stated that majority of the public secondary schools in the six educational districts have been reached.
While adding that the exercise was part of the resumption protocol/guidelines for the secondary schools in the State, Odeneye emphasised that Lagos has continued to adopt measures to ensure that the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic is effectively contained.
She said, “The fumigation exercise which is on-going preparatory to resumption next week for terminal classes will continue after the West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) Exams. The periodic exercise which commenced in late June has been effected in all the Model Colleges across the six educational districts in the State”.

According to her, the schedule of the fumigation exercise listed Oduduwa Junior Secondary School, Mushin; New Era Girls Secondary School, Surulere and Oriwu Junior and Senior Model College, Ikorodu among schools that have already been fumigated.
Others included the Lagos State Civil Service Senior Model College, Igbogbo; Igbo-Owu Junior and Senior Secondary School, Mushin and Junior Model College, Igbogbo amongst several others.
The Permanent Secretary urged the schools’ management to make provision for water in the premises with a view to promoting the washing of hands among the students, stressing that pupils must avoid all sporting activities till further notice.
Odeneye also implored them to provide hand sanitisers in all classrooms and hostels as well as ensure that students are tutored on the need to constantly sanitise their hands after every educational activity in the classrooms and wear nose masks always.
“Schools are to enforce physical distancing where applicable and also provide facilities to reduce the risk of the infection amongst teachers and students. Disinfection of shoes and feet should be strongly encouraged frequently for each student to reduce bacterial infection that could lead to any ailment during their stay in the school”, she advised.

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