At the gathering of Pharmacists in Uyo, Reload Multivitamin was acknowledged to have achieved the standard of World Health Organisation by Professor of Paediatrics University of Calabar, Emmanuel Eyo Ekanem.
He said the most crucial thing about Reload Multivitamin Syrup is that it meets the World Health Organisation (WHO) criteria for micro-nutrients and vitamin mixes for optimum intellectual and neurological development of the child.
The new infant multivitamin drop and syrup are formulated with an enriching taste to reduce the chances of nutritional deficiency in kids.
Also speaking at the 87th Annual National Conference of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, the Chief Operating Officer, Pharmacy Plus Ltd, Mr. Obi Chukwuemeka said the Reload Liquid Range comes in three different types: Reload Tonic which helps recuperating children as well as the Reload Kidz Syrup and Reload Infant Drops that have been scientifically formulated to enhance a healthy diet and help ensure that kids get the nutrition they need every day.
He said, “Nutrients play a crucial role in helping children live and grow healthy. It is often difficult for them to get all the nutrition they need through diet alone. Likewise, it can be challenging to find a multivitamin that tastes good enough for them to take every day.
“Reload Tonic, Reload Kidz syrup and Reload Infant Drops are tasty liquid multivitamin supplements that kids like to take. Because they are liquid, these supplements are quickly and easily absorbed by the body, greatly reducing the likelihood of nutritional deficiency.”
In his address titled ‘The Role of Trace Elements and Vitamins in Neurocognitive and Immunological Development in Childhood,’ Professor Ekanem lamented that almost half of the children in Nigeria have one form of macro-or micronutrient deficiencies.
He said, “There are certain nutrients we call micro nutrients. These nutrients required in small quantity are very important for the intellectual development of the child and for the development of the child to resist infection.
“The very important ones are Vitamin A, D, Iron, Zinc, Iodine and vitamin B group, etc. When these things are deficient in the child, the effect will show in the child intellectual development and cause poor attention which will make the child not able to concentrate in school.
“People may think that the child is a naughty child but the child may just be deficient in iron. The same goes for a number of other nutrients like zinc required for the intellectual development and the development of the child's immune system.
“So the child must be replete or must be supplied with these nutrients very early in life. Breast milk will always be the best to supply nutrients in the first six months of life but we must add these nutrients to the other feeds of the child as the child grows up.
“The first two years of life are critically important. But if you miss that window period, the intellectual deficiency will continue into its adolescence and adult life. Therefore, we need as recommended by World Health Organisation, Micro nutrients and vitamin mixes that will supply the Nigerian child these micro nutrients in adequate quantity,” he said.