– Donates educational audio-visual unit to LUTH
Getz Pharma Nigeria Limited has disclosed its readiness to revolutionise treatment of asthma and other respiratory diseases, by enhancing patient education though partnership with stakeholders.
Speaking with Pharmanews in a recent interview, the Country Manager, Getz Pharma, Mr Shujaat Ali Khan, said the company has started implementing the objective by setting up Asthma Club, an initiative to enhance asthma knowledge, practice and control among patients and Nigerians at large.
Accordingly, the company, on 3 February, 202, presented a wall-mounted educational audio-visual unit to the Respiratory Unit of the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LUTH).
In his remarks shortly after the presentation, Khan noted that Getz Pharma is a socially responsible company that is very much interested in executing projects that will positively affect the Nigerian society.
He also highlighted that Getz Pharma is one of the fastest growing pharma companies in Nigeria because of the quality of its products, manufactured in its World Health Organisation pre-qualified facility.
He said: “We are interested in how to help the society. We are not just interested in our frontline customers like doctors and pharmacists but also the society at large, by embarking on some projects that will have positive impacts on the society.
“As a socially responsible company, we have a lot of plans. We are also launching other plans, which include general symposia for antimalarials. We have a plan to go to schools to educate the children. There are several plans in the pipeline; although COVID-19 has really affected many things, we are hopeful that by middle of this year, things will get better. We have good plans for patients’ education, as well as society education.”
Also speaking at the event, the Business Manager of Getz, Dr Funsho Oloruntoba, explained that the presentation of the audio-visual unit is a sign of better things to come in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry in Nigeria.
“We are going to revolutionise respiratory products and treatment in Nigeria and this will impact every patient in the country that will need our products at every point in time. We have got good reactions as far as respiratory illness is concerned in Nigeria.
“The same thing that we have done today will be extended to other parts of the country. Getz Pharma is ready to collaborate as much as possible with teaching hospitals that we can reach out to,” Oloruntoba said.
Reacting to the gesture by Getz, the Head, Department of Medicine, LUTH, Professor Njideka Ogunbadejo, commended the company, saying that the donated device will go a long way in the treatment of asthma and other respiratory diseases in the Hospital.
“I am grateful to Getz Pharma for their kind gesture towards the Respiratory Unit. Patients’ education is very important. It is more important for asthmatic patients to understand the disease and the role they need to play in managing it.
“Having an asthma club that is being facilitated by Getz Pharma is a huge one for us because it will enable a more relaxed interaction between the patients and the pulmonologists that give them care. The patients will be able to learn about the disease in the best language they understand. I am really proud to be associated with Getz Pharma,” Ogunbadejo said.
The Head of Respiratory Unit, LUTH, Dr Obianuju Ozor, in her remarks commended Getz for the donation, while soliciting greater partnership with the organisation.
She said: “On behalf of the Respiratory Unit, I want to express appreciation to Getz Pharma for the presentation. The wall screen audio-visual unit will go a long way in improving the care we render to our patients. Lack of asthma education is an important reason many patients don’t have control over their asthmatic condition but the device that Getz Pharma has presented, where patients will learn and get educated will improve the care we render to our patients.
“Getz Pharma has been supporting the Respiratory Unit with their products and quality, affordable medications. We are happy to partner with them and we are looking forward to a greater partnership in the years ahead.”
Similarly, the pulmonologist in the unit, Dr Michelle Dania, showered encomium on Getz, saying the device presented by the company will enhance the wellbeing of asthma patients in the hospital.
“Patients’ education is an important part of asthma management. You need to partner with asthma patients and counsel them on how to take their medications properly, or else, they will not get better. But having something that will give them audio-visual aid is a fantastic one that will go a long way in their wellbeing.
“So we really commend Getz Pharma for this kind gesture. We can’t wait to get the Asthma Club start running on the audio-visual unit that Getz Pharma has presented to us”, Dania said.