- As Tayo, HealthPlus win other categories
For the second consecutive time, Pharmanews has been voted as the Best Healthcare Media (Print) of the Year by the Nigerian Healthcare Excellence Award (NHEA).
The 39-year-old health publication emerged winner of the Healthcare Media Excellence Award-Print category, which comprised THISDAY, Pharma Times, Med-Q Magazine, Health Standard and The Guardian Newspaper.
The feat has been greeted by an avalanche of congratulatory calls, text messages and emails from loyal readers (both online and journal), notable pharmacists, stakeholders and other professionals in the health sector.
Established in 1979 as publishers of health periodicals, Pharmanews Limited has since established itself as the leading global healthcare journal on the globe.
The colourful award ceremony which took place at Eko Hotel and Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos on 22 June 2018, had several doctors, hospital administrators, pharmacists, owners of health management organsations (HMOs) and stakeholders in the health sector in attendance.
In the senior citizen category, Prof. Fola Tayo, pro-chancellor and chairman, governing council of Caleb University, Imota, Lagos was decorated with a Lifetime Achievement Award.
In other categories, Pathcare Laboratories/Synlab cleared the private laboratory service provider award; Harmony Advanced Diagnostic Centre (Radiology Service Provider of the Year); AXA Mansard Health (Best Health Maintenance Organisation); Lagoon Hospital (Private Healthcare Provider of the Year); Nigeria Health Watch (Best Online Healthcare Media); The Bridge Clinic (IVF Service Provider of the Year); Renal Dialysis Centre (Best Dialysis Service Provider) and Eye Foundation Hospital (Eye Care Service Provider of the Year).
Perhaps, it could be said that the biggest surprise at this year’s edition of the NHEA Award was the announcement of HealthPlus Limited as winner in the Pharmaceutical Retail Outlet of the Year category.
It would be recalled that HealthPlus, arguably the fastest growing pharmacy chain in West Africa, lost out to Medplus Pharmacy last year after consecutively winning the 2014, 2015 and 2016 editions. However, its forceful come-back this year has been hailed by some healthcare observers as well deserved.