Nigerian schools are filled with talents waiting to be discovered and in line with our commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility, Drugfield on February 20, 2019 partnered with Iganmode Grammar School Ota, one of the leading secondary schools in Ogun state by sponsoring a house; DRUGFIELD HOUSE (Green house) at their inaugural Inter-house sports.
The competition was graced by dignitaries, companies and schools including the Olota of Ota; Oba Adeyemi Obalanlenge, Drugfield Pharmaceuticals Limited’s Executive Director Human Resources and Personnel Management, Mr. Kayode Afolayan, Drugfield Pharmaceuticals Group Marketing Manager, Pharm. Raji Kabiru, a former principal of the school Mr. Adeogun Timothy A, who doubled as the Chairman of the occasion, representatives of the Ministry of Education and other dignitaries.
After a keenly fought competition, the Olota house came 1st while Drugfield house finished 2nd in the competition with the star athlete, Ebube Ogbee of Drugfield house bagging several medals including 2 Gold medals in the 200 meter, and 4 x 100-meter races amongst others.
As we all know, distribution is an essential index in (the) marketing mix and much more distributors are key players in marketing. That is why at DGF we are committed to our distributors and excited to know them as well. As an article of business faith, we hold periodic Distributors’ Forum which features cocktail nights, business meetings, a facility tour, award ceremony and grand luncheons.
The latest edition was held on March 28 & 29 2019 with 35 people in attendance across all regions in Nigeria; Kano, Benin, Cross River, Abia etc. The GMD/CEO Pharm. Olakunle Ekundayo while giving his remarks said the story of Drugfield is typical of small beginnings that have grown into significance because many people made contributions to nurture the seed sowed several years ago when the company started.
He stated further that the distributors are key partners of Drugfield because without their contributions; which are ensuring the products are available all over the county to end users, the company could not have risen to the level it is in the nation’s pharmaceutical industry.
He assured the distributors that the company will continue to foster business relationship with them in ways that are mutually beneficial and rewarding in appreciation of their continued support and for ensuring that Nigerians have access to Drugfield’s top quality products through them.
Also speaking at the event, Pharm. Sola Akande, executive director, marketing, thanked the distributors for coming, noting that even though many of them had been relating with the company for years, they probably haven’t had the opportunity to visit for one reason or the other, but thankfully this platform has enabled it.
Highlights of the event were; interactive sessions, during which distributors were able to discuss with management, a facility tour of the factory and presentation of awards to outstanding distributors.
Local Production of Chlorhexidine Digluconate Gel (CHLORXY-G® Gel), an essential commodity of the world body (United Nations).As part of our contributions to assist Nigeria meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and fulfill World Health Organization (WHO) recommendation of the use of Chlorhexidine digluconate 7.1% for Umbilical Cord care in newborn babies, our company pioneered the local manufacture of Chlorhexidine digluconate 7.1% gel for this purpose. We then became the second company in the world and the first in Africa to achieve this feat. According to WHO report, Nigeria and most other low income countries of Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia experience high infant mortality rate especially in newborn infants where 30 or more Neonatal deaths occur for every 1000 live births. Application of Chlorhexidine digluconate 7.1% gel to the umbilical cord stump during the first week of life birth has been found to significantly reduce neo natal death and thereby reduce infant mortality. Nigeria therefore accepted this WHO recommendation of application of this product to the umbilical cord of New born babies in the country and Drugfield Pharmaceuticals produced its own brand of the product (Chlorxy-G® gel) to overcome the challenge of ready availability. Drugfield with her many years of experience in the production of ointments, creams and gels amongst other products responded to this need and immediately swung into action.
Our work on this product brought us into partnership with PATH (Program for Appropriate Technology in Health) and the USP-PQM (United States Pharmacopeia: Promoting the Quality of Medicines) teams in developing qualitative local capacity for the manufacture of Chlorhexidine digluconate 7.1% Drugfield Chlorhexidine digluconate 7.1% gel (delivering 4% chlorhexidine) branded Chlorxy- G® Gel was manufactured and NAFDAC registration approval was obtained in March 2014 making Drugfield the pioneer local manufacturer of the product in Nigeria.
Commercial production of the product commenced in the same month and became the first company in the continent of Africa to manufacture the product and second in the world to do so. Also in May 2014, Drugfield was formally admitted into the World
Chlorhexidine Working Group (CWG) in Washington D.C USA.
The product has since been registered in other countries such as Ghana, Republic of Benin, Niger Republic, Cote D’ Ivore and Zambia while registration is ongoing in Togo, Senegal and other countries. We have to date exported the product to Ghana, Zambia, Niger, Mozambique, Republic of Benin and Mali.