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In recognition of their commitment and loyalty over the years, Shalina Healthcare, a leading pharma giant in Africa, has rewarded 35 of her biggest pharmaceutical distributors in Nigeria.
This was the highlight of the company’s Partners Conference held recently at Ibis Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos.
Speaking with Pharmanews, an excited Abbas Virji, chief executive officer, Shalina Group applauded the efforts of the distributors adding that their commitment over the years is the reason why the company is still in business.
“Your immense contribution to Shalina is well appreciated. As you know, this is the only end-to-end supply chain that has a direct operations in nine African countries. No pharma competitor has more footprints across Africa than us. It is a fact!” he declared.
In a related development, Debajeet Mukherjee, business head (West Africa), has praised the distributors for ensuring Nigerians across all the geo-political zones access quality and affordable drugs, disclosed that the journey has been quite eventful for Shalina as a company.
“I remember that we started with four distributors from Idumota and Trade Fair. Over the years, the number increased to 189, 272, 310 partners to where we are today.
“Shalina has continued to grow stronger to date. I must commend Somnath (Malakar) for hosting a successful Partners Conference. I did not have the courage to do it when I was in charge as managing director some years ago,” he confessed.
Towards the end of the programme, there was another round of awards ceremony where 10 of the 35 distributors were accorded special recognition for going the extra mile for the company.
The awardees included Joe Bliz Limited (Lagos), Atidam Pharmaceutical (Lagos), Global Paulken Pharmacy (Lagos), Godfather Pharmacy (Kano), Ifeanyi Health Pharma (Sokoto), Pennywise Projects Limited (Onitsha). Ibrophy Pharmacy (Ibadan), Nobiz Global (Onitsha), Mykena Pharma & Healthcare (Lagos) and Ubanuel Pharmacy (Lagos).
Among dignitaries and officials in attendance at the event were Amit Shukla, chief operating officer, Shalina Healthcare; Rohit Khatri, general manager; Jeyaraman Perumal, business development manager; Nitin Mishra, field force effectiveness manager (Abuja); Chris Eyo, national sales manager; Pharm. Ayo Akinsola, zonal sales manager; Santosh Karne, project manager; Cornelius Okafor, brand manager, (Ibucap); Goke Adedamola, brand manager (gastro & anti-infectives); Pharm. Kenneth Mordi, brand manager (antimalarial, respiratory & nutraceuticals); Tolu Uwhubetine, brand manager (Epiderm & Betasol) and Uzumma Pascal-Uma, regional manager (Lagos Island).
Noted for its diverse range of therapeutic products, including analgesics, dermatology, anti-malarials, antibiotics, anti-inflammatory gastrointestinal, anti-infectives and nutraceuticals, Shalina Healthcare has been operating in Africa in the last 30 years.
With an end-to-end supply chain, it is presently in nine countries on the continent including Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic, Nigeria, and Ghana.