Precious Manomano-Herald Reporter
A local pharmaceutical company, which has commissioned a drug manufacturing plant in Harare to complement government efforts, has launched a new prenatal supplement called Proseal Omega3 plus aimed at improving maternal health.
Seasons Pharmaceuticals, which was established in 2020, plans to locally manufacture pharmaceutical drugs and improve access to certain essential pharmaceutical drugs that are constantly in short supply.
The recent introduction of a new prenatal supplement called Proseal Omega3 plus, is in line with Millennium Development Goal (MDG) 5 which aims to reduce the maternal mortality rate by three quarters as well as achieve access universal to reproductive health.
Proseal Omega3 Plus is said to be essential in saving the lives of women who die each year from complications related to pregnancy and childbirth.
Prenatal care involves being examined by a doctor, nurse or midwife throughout their pregnancy. It helps to keep the mother and her future baby healthy.
Speaking at the recent launch of Proseal Omega 3 plus prenatal supplement in Harare, Marketing Director of Seasons Pharmaceuticals, Mr. Enoch Tumbare said he was delighted to have added a specially formulated prenatal supplement to the market. mother and growing baby.
“We have registered with the Medicines Control Authority (MCAZ) this specially formulated over-the-counter prenatal supplement with a well-balanced array of vitamins, folic acid, essential trace minerals, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA ) and omega 3 fatty acid.
“Thus, mothers-to-be are assured of having access to an affordable fortified prenatal supplement for the best possible development and care for their baby,” Mr. Tumbare said.
The Proseal Omega 3 product launch welcomed 120 dispensary assistants from the Pharmacy Assistants Association of Zimbabwe (PAAZ), who are instrumental in distributing over-the-counter medicines to the general public in retail pharmacies and local hospitals.
Speaking on the sidelines of the event, PAAZ President Mr. Clibert Chifamba congratulated the pharmaceutical company for hosting the event.
“We really commend Seasons Pharmaceuticals for collaborating with PAAZ and organizing such a colorful event, and for helping with the continued professional development of dispensary assistants by providing us with the necessary pharmaceutical education and training. that we handle in our workplaces and distribute to the public.
“This will go a long way in helping us deliver the best healthcare to the general public,” he said.
Improving maternal and newborn care was listed as a key strategy to reduce the number of women and newborns who die every day from preventable causes.
Globally, around 810 women die every day from preventable causes related to pregnancy and childbirth, while around 6,700 newborn babies also die every day.
Two million more babies are stillborn.
The World Health Organization says the provision of safe, quality care by medical professionals could help prevent such deaths.