In line with the company’s vision to provide quality and affordable medicines to Nigerians Afonchies Pharmaceuticals Limited has unveiled the Actikid range of multivitamins into the Nigerian pharma market.
The unveiled products included ActiKid Vitamin Jelly Beans, which has orange, raspberry and apple flavours; ActiKid Vitamin D3 Drops 30ml; and ActiKid Multivitamin Drops 25ml.
The low-key unveiling ceremony, which took place at the corporate head office of Safco Mega Solutions, a pharmaceutical wholesale company in Ajah, and the official distributor of Actikid range of multivitamins, had, in attendance, senior staff of the company and some major distributors.
In his welcome remark at the event, Pharm. Adebayo Afon, managing director, Afonchies Pharmaceutical Limited, explained that the company is determined to contribute to availability of essential medicines in Nigeria, adding that this was what informed its decision to venture into pharmaceutical importing and marketing.
Speaking further, the Afonchies boss explained that the ActiKid multivitamin range is scientifically formulated to help fill nutritional gaps for children, enhance multiple health benefits to help unlock energy, strengthen immunity, as well as support healthy eyes and brain development.
He explained that the products tailored to different ages and lifestyle, saying that they are suitable for vegetarians and contain no peanut oil, gelatin, gluten, salt, yeast or lactose.
Speaking on measures taken to ensure the products are not faked, Afon explained that they are manufactured based on strict adherence to good manufacturing practice, adding that since since their importation into the country, there has been no reported case of counterfeiting.
Afon said: “ActiKid Vitamin Jelly Beans contains 12 vitamins and minerals formulated to support health from early childhood. It has biotin, which contributes to the maintenance of normal hair and skin; vitamin A, which contributes to the maintenance of normal vision; zinc; and vitamin B6 and D, which contribute to the normal function of the immune system; vitamin D, which contributes to the maintenance of normal teeth and is needed for the normal growth and development of bones; vitamins B12 and C, which contribute to normal energy yielding metabolism and reduction in tiredness and fatigue; and vitamins C and E, which are antioxidants that contribute to the protection of cells from oxidative stress.”
He added: “The ActiKid Multivitamin Drops 25ml, for ages 0-3 years, is a tasty, natural orange-flavoured liquid that kids enjoy. It contains 10 vitamins and minerals formulated to support health from infancy to early childhood; while ActiKid Vitamin D3 Drops 30ml, for ages one month to five years, contains vitamin D3, formulated to support health from infancy through early childhood. It is a colourless, odourless and taste-free product; and it contributes to the maintenance of normal bones, normal muscle function and normal teeth.”
Also speaking, the duo of Mrs Annie Jikeme-Milton, human resource manager, Safco Mega Solutions Limited; and Mr. Kingsley Ugwu, general manager, Afonchies Pharmaceuticals Limited, explained that supplements such as vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, phytochemicals and more enrich the body’s internal environment to fortify cellular protection, repair, and regeneration and support the renewal process.
According to Mrs Jikeme-Milton, Actikid has met the UK’s Department of Health recommendation that all infants and young children aged six months to five years should take a daily supplement containing vitamin D to help the requirement of 8.5 – 10mcg per day, adding that the idea behind food supplements is to deliver nutrients that may not be consumed in sufficient quantities.
“Food supplements can be vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fatty acids, and other substances delivered in the form of pills, tablets, capsules, liquid. We are quite excited about the products and we are happy to be associated with it at Safco Mega Solutions, because we believe that the public will benefit a lot from it,” she said.