Jonathan Eze

While it is certainly true that modern medicine has made enormous strides in treating diseases and preventing illnesses, there is still much to be gained from herbal remedies, because they often offer several advantages over prescription drugs. This is the submission of the Managing Director of May and Baker Nigeria Plc, Mr. Nnamdi Okafor.

In recognition of this reality and with a desire to provide medical options to its customers, the company recently launched a new set of herbal products. Among the different range of products launched include products for cough, congestion and sore throat; for relaxation and natural quality sleep, among others.

These new products were made possible in partnership with Siddhayu Ayurvedic Research Foundation Pvt. Ltd of India, with an assurance that it would help improve the quality of life of every Nigerian citizens.

Speaking at the product launch in Lagos, the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Okafor said the company decided to delve into herbal medicine to cater for the needs of Nigerians who are still not comfortable with the use of orthodox medicines.

According to him, “Over the years we have built some good reputations with orthodox medicines but we are also aware that there are a good number of Nigerians who are concerned about the side effect of some of orthodox medicines and they will rather use some herbal medicines.

“Because, as a company, our mission is to improve the quality of life of every Nigerian throughout their life, we see it as a responsibility to ensure that those Nigerians who are for some reasons scared of taking the orthodox medicines are covered.

“So we feel that in order to ensure that these people get the right quality medicine that they desire, we as a company, should go into this space,” he said.

Speaking further, he explained: “As the pharmaceutical company that has the pedigree of being the first in many things, we are also a listening company that feels the pulse of Nigerians. We consistently look out for new, effective and lasting ways of fulfilling this mission.

In his remarks, the Chief Executive Officer, Siddhayu Ayurvedic Research Foundation Pvt. Ltd, Pranav Sharma, who was delighted over the launch, gave assurance on the products’ quality. He noted that his company which was established by his grandfather for the last 100 years have reputation for quality, research, publications and information dissemination on herbal medicines.

“It’s absolutely the honour and privilege to actually have May and Baker as our partner. Just as quality has been the founding pillars of M&B, Siddhayu Ayurvedic has been a brand in India in the last 100 years purely on the basis of quality and quality assurance and the goodwill that we’ve been able to create as well.