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Pharmaceutical CEO calls for concerted effort against malaria

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Pharmaceutical CEO calls for concerted effort against malaria

Shalina Clifford, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Shalina Healthcare Limited, a pharmaceutical company, has called for concerted efforts to achieve zero-tolerance against malaria in Africa.

Clifford spoke during an event organized to reassign Animashaun Perry, a comedian, popularly known as Brodashaggi, as Brand Ambassador of one of the company’s products, Shal’Artem in Lagos.

“Presently, people see COVID-19 as the major health problem in Africa, but malaria still remains the number one killer in Africa and that is what we have to solve to reduce the burden of malaria in the continent.

“That is why we have come up with Shal’artem drug to beat malaria in Nigeria and Africa, at large,” she said.

According to her, the company, which started 40 years ago with a mission to provide quality medicine that are affordable and available for the African continent, will not relent on its vision.

She added that the company had started the construction of a manufacturing plant in the country to ensure adequate production of its drugs.

“This company is purely an Africa company because we are not in any other continent, so our vision is to produce quality and affordable medicine that are very effective.

“We have 156 staff in the country, to manufacture made in Nigeria drugs for Nigerians,” she said.

Also, Mr. Arun Raj, the company’s Vice-President, Pharma Business West Africa, said Shalina Healthcare remained committed to providing essential products for the well-being of Nigerians and Africa at large.

“As a company, we are present in 18 African countries, and this shows our commitment to the well-being of Africans, and we will never compromise on the quality of our products.

“We have to confront the menace called malaria and reduce its high burden on the continent,” he said.

Shalina Clifford, The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Of Shalina Healthcare Limited, A Pharmaceutical Company

Also speaking, Mr. Chiuba Nwaosu, the company’s Brand Manager, Analgesic and Anti-Malaria, described malaria as a pandemic in the country owing to the number of deaths.

“In 2019, 409,000 were said to have died of malaria and 24per cent of that death occurred in Nigeria, according to the World Health Organisation.

“This alone should make malaria a pandemic in Nigeria, because of its high burden here.

“That is why this company has come up with this drug to knock off malaria,” he said.

Speaking earlier during the event, Brodashaggi said he was happy to partner with the company in its fight against malaria in the country.

He said he would continue to use his social media platforms to promote the fight against malaria.

“I am happy to be reassigned as a brand ambassador in Shalina Healthcare company.

“This means a lot to me because it has to do with the fight against malaria that had killed a lot of people in the country,” he said.

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