No fewer than 200 people benefited from the open camps initiated by Biofem Pharmaceuticals Limited, maker of Biobetic, in celebration of this year’s World Diabetes Day.
World Diabetes Day is celebrated annually on 14 November. Initiated by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), it was created in 1991 in collaboration with the World Health Organisation, in response to growing concerns about the escalating threats posed by diabetes.
Speaking with Pharmanews, Dr Chris Abhulimhen, a product manager with Biofem Group, explained that the camps which opened in two different locations in Lagos – Gbagada General Hospital on 14 November, and the Nigerian Ports Authority Club, Bode Thomas on 8 November – were meant to create awareness on the dangers of diabetes and prediabetes.
“Aside from commemorating the World Diabetes Day, the Lagos Diabetes Camps that we had in collaboration with the Diabetes Association of Nigeria (DAN) and the NPA Diamond club was Biofem’s own way of showing care towards people living with diabetes,” he said.
The diabetes camps featured activities such as free blood sugar screening, HBA1C screening (subsidised), dancing competition, question and answer segment, as well as distribution of Biobetic sample, fliers and promotional materials.
Participants were also treated to short presentations on “Diet & Foot Care in People Living with Diabetes” by Mrs Akande Adeyemo, matron, Gbagada general hospital and “Self-Management and Diabetes Care” by Dr (Mrs) W. Isiba, an endocrinologist, at the same hospital.
Others in attendance at the event were Alhaji Abdulwahab B. Dauda, NPA Diamond club President; Pharm. Mrs Christy Akpa, chief pharmacist of the Nigerian Ports Authority Club; Mrs Chinwe Ogidigo, health promotion specialist; Pharm Mayowa Onabule, Biofem’s medical representative; Bunmi Soremekun, Biofem’s digital marketing officer; and Mr Olatunji Taiwo, another Biofem’s medical representative.
Biofem Group was incorporated in January 2002. As a parent company with three affiliates, namely, Biofem Specialities, Biofem Medical Devices and Biofem Ghana, it has a number of reputable overseas pharmaceuticals companies as its franchise holders and partners.
According to its founder, Mr Femi Soremekun, the company was formed out of a need to provide high quality pharmaceutical products from overseas multinationals at affordable rates, given the challenges encountered by the local manufacturers in the areas of capacity under-utilisation occasioned by minimal power supply and internationally accepted quality standard.
Some of the company’s major brands include Rhogam, Biobetic, Pylorest, Rabefast, Tramal & Tramal Retard and Healthilife ranges of Vitamin C.