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MIRAL PHARM Rewards Winners of RAVIMAL ‘END MALARIA FOR GOOD ‘’ Essay Competition

Ugo Amadi
Assistant Business Editor

RAVIMAL Essay competition organized by Miral Pharm Ltd has come to a successful close. The award ceremony which took place at Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka had in attendance the National President of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria who doubles as the Consul- General of Pakistan to Nigeria, His Excellency (Pharm.) Ahmed Yakasai, the National Secretary, Pharm. Gbolagade Iyiola, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Prof Charles Esimone and several other dignitaries. Three star prizes and over twenty consolation prizes were presented. The star prizes include:
1. One year scholarship (N100,000) plus a factory visit to India.
2. One year scholarship (N100,000) plus a laptop computer.
3. One year scholarship (N100,000).

The first prize went to Victor Aniagu of the Department of Applied Biochemistry. The second prize went to Asomba Chinonso of the Department of Electronics and Computer Engineering and Friday Chizurum of the Faculty of Medicine

In his opening remarks, the chairman of the occasion, Chief Chris Oranu Chidume (GMD, Krisoral Group of Companies) admitted that Miral Pharm is taking a road less traveled by calling for essays. He also commended Miral for the new approach taken at uncovering executable ideas that will move us closer to victory in the war against malaria. He called Ravimal a best in class product well positioned for treatment of malaria.

Speaking at the prize presentation ceremony Managing Director, Miral Pharm Ltd, Mr. Onyeka Onyeibor said that the Ravimal ‘End Malaria for good’ Essay is a deliberate search for ideas. According to him, ‘Ending malaria is an achievable and a worthwhile pursuit – saving 1000 lives daily.

His Excellency (Pharm.) Ahmed Yakasai who presented the award to the star prize winner, commended the efforts of Miral Pharm in the war against malaria and the drive to continue to support the development of youths and education in Nigeria. He said that National Universities Commission has approved to work with Miral Pharm and Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria at making this competition an annual National Event with the aim of bringing out the best in Nigerian students.

In his remarks the Vice Chancellor, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Prof. Joseph Ahaneku who was represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academics), Prof Charles Esimone appreciated Miral Pharm for their ingenuity and interest in promoting health literacy and research among Nigerian students.

According to the project coordinator, Ravimal End Malaria for Good essay competition, Mrs. Ifeyinwa Ugo-Amadi the essays were assessed based on their ingenuity, structure, insightfulness, content and language style and creativity by Dr Jane Ifechelobi of Department of English and Dr Obinna Ifechelobi of Dept of Clinical Pharmacy, both of NAU, Awka.

Reacting to his success at the competition, Victor Aniagu, who is now the RAVIMAL student of the year reiterated ‘I remain grateful to God and Miral Pharm for this opportunity to receive an award today. From the turnout of events, I see that nothing in life is to be taken for granted as nothing learnt is a waste.

Miral Pharm Limited, a healthcare company created to provide a trans-national platform for low cost and efficient redistribution and marketing of pharmaceutical products, hospital consumables and lifestyle goods has a network of customers in the various countries where it operates. Miral sets out to be the preferred channel for delivering healthcare products to quality conscious and price sensitive people living in Africa, particularly West Africa.

Miral registers and promotes its own brands in various countries while actively seeking collaborations with other companies in the healthcare space. This non-traditional approach stems from the conviction that there is only one enemy – disease. This common enemy can best be defeated by sharing information, expertise and existing platforms in serving the customer.


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