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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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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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COVID-19: 10 foreigners, 32 Nigerians discharged in Lagos

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The Lagos state governor who doubles as the incident commander for COVID-19 in the state, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu has announced the discharge of 42 more patients who have recovered from the diseases, across the various isolation centres in the state.

In a statement signed by his media aide, Gboyega Akosile, the list of discharged patients shows “17 females and 25 males including 10 foreign nationals were discharged from our Isolation facilities to reunite with the society.

The patients; 8 from Gbagada, 5 from Agidingbi, 15 from Eti-Osa (LandMark) 6 from Onikan and 8 from LUTH Isolation Centres were discharged after full recovery and testing negative to COVID19.

Sanwo-olu reminded residents of the existing order on the compulsory use of face-masks in Lagos. “Remember, it is now a criminal offence in Lagos State to go out without using a face-mask. Let’s continue to adhere strictly to all public advisories given by government”

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