The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Kwara Chapter, on Wednesday in Ilorin, pledged to support the State Hospital Management Bureau in repositioning the healthcare system across the 16 local government areas of the state.
Mr Majid Ojerinde, the Former Chairman of PSN-Kwara stated this Members of PSN-Kwara during a courtesy visit to the Executive Secretary of the Kwara state Hospital Management Bureau in Ilorin.
during a courtesy visit of the association on the newly appointed Executive Secretary of the board, Dr Abdulraheem Malik.
Ojerinde described Malik as a hard working dedicated pharmacist, who is passionate about the health of citizens in Kwara.
According to him, the actions of the executive secretary in returning to his root from diaspora to contribute his quota to the health sector in the state is commendable.
He asserted that the PSN would give maximum support to the board at ensuring that the administration of Gov. AbdulRahaman AbdulRazaq achieve the set objectives in revamping the state’s health sector.
Responding, Malik commended the PSN for the goodwill, adding that he needs all the support he can get from his constituency.
He observed that the state government is passionate about repositioning the health sector, adding that through communal efforts, much progress will be achieved in the provision of quality healthcare.
The executive secretary pledged that the board would also ensure that necessary changes that would be beneficial for the progress of the hospitals were executed for maximum efficiency.
In her good will message, Hajia Aduke Kuranga, a former Commissioner for Health in the state, expressed joy and optimism that Malik would bring his expertise on board and make a difference in the health system of the state.
She recalled that Kwara was used as case study by other states, especially in the area of Essential Drug Programme, adding that various states came to understudy the programme.
Kuranga expressed optimism that the initiatives, such as the Quality Control Laboratory for analysis of drugs, would be revived.
Also speaking, Dr Sa’ad Abdullahi, the Acting Dean of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences of the University of Ilorin, however appealed to the executive secretary on students of the university internship programmes to be included at the general hospital.
He explained that currently the university is offering PharmD programme, adding that at 500 level to 600 level, students of Pharmacy will be expected to undertake their clinicals.
Pharmacists across the country have solicited increase in their wages.
They made the demand during the observance of World Pharmacists’ Day in Lokoja on Sunday.
Dr Lawal Mohammed, the Chairman, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, (PSN), Kogi Chapter, made the call, observing that wage increase would boost pharmacists’ output.
“Due to the economic hardship occasioned by the global economic recession, pharmacists are suffering over poor remuneration.
“In fact, there have been mass exodus of pharmacists out of the country for greener pastures because of the meagre pay and poor welfare.
“The gab left behind had unfortunately given rise to quackery in the profession, thereby putting the lives of innocent people in danger, ” he noted.
Mohammed explained that the Kogi Chapter of the society carefully chose this year’s theme — Pharmacy United in Action for a Healthier World — to underscore the importance of the day.
He said that the federal government had to do something urgent to address the plights of pharmacists in the country.
He expressed concern that in spite of the huge impact pharmacists were making in the health sector, “we are not being appreciated as our take home pay is nothing to write home about.
“Many of our colleagues are jetting out of the country to look for greener pastures.
“We are using this medium to call on the government to look into the welfare of pharmacists across the country”.
Mohammed also called on the public, especially the youth in the country to desist from substance abuse and other vices.
The News Agency of Nigeria teports that World Pharmacists’ Day is celebrated annually on Sept. 25, offering opportunity for promoting the profession.
The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) on Sunday advised its members on achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the need for them to continue to stay united in line of action.
Mr Adejuwon Otelaja, the PSN Kwara Chairman, made the call in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Ilorin.
He said the them of this year’s World Pharmacists Day is: “Pharmacy United in Action for a Healthier World”, which aims to commemorate and recognise the role of pharmacists in improving global health.
According to him, the day is also meant to encourage and support actions that promote healthcare worldwide.
He explained that in 2015, the SDGs were established and adopted by all United Nations (UN) Member States as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
“The SDGs consist of 17 main goals, each with multiple specified targets, were developed based on decades of previous global health work by individual countries and the UN, including the Millennium Development Goals,” he said.
Otelaja pointed out that it serve as a blueprint for global health, while recognising that tackling problems in climate change, education, inequality, and economic growth are important and go hand-in-hand with directly tackling problems in improving health.
He explained further pharmacists are known to assist patients in getting the most out of their medications and also guide patients on how to take their medications so that they can get well soon.
He pointed out that celebrating the day is also a step in acknowledging the efforts of these workers and demanding better working conditions and amenities for them.
The PSN chairman explained that as part of the activiies to mark the day, the society wouldl launch customised e-FB frame.
According to him, the society will visit School for Special Needs to donate some medicines, food items, hygiene essentials and educational materials, among others.
The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) has commended Gov. AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq over the appointment of their member, Dr Abdulraheem Malik, as the Managing Director of the state’s Hospital Management Board.
Mr Adejuwon Otelaja, the Kwara Chairman of PSN, made the commendation in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Ilorin.
Otelaja expressed satisfaction over the appointment.
“On behalf of the Executive Council and all members of Kwara-PSN, I will like to say a big thank you to Gov. AbdulRazaq, who is Grand Patron of the society, for the appointment of Malik.
” According to him, Malik, who was Chief Executive Offier (CEO) of Rotamedics Pharmacy Group, comes on board with extensive managerial experience both locally and internationally.
“He will no doubt add tremendous value to AbdulRazaq administration’s positive strides to reposition the health sector in the state for excellent service delivery for all people.
“Malik has all it takes to succeed and our support and prayers are with him.
“We also commend the immediate past MD of the Board; Mr Saad Aluko, for his kind efforts and support for the pharmacy profession.
We wish him great success in his future endeavors,” he said.
The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN), has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for signing the Pharmacy Council (Establishment) Act 2022 into law Prof Ahmed Mora, Chairman of the Governing Council of PCN gave the commendation in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in Abuja.
Mora said the now repealed PCN was established through Decree 91 of 1992, describing it as a long journey in the enactment of instruments that regulate and control pharmacy education, training and practice since 1927 with the Board of Medical Examiners (1927).
The new law confers on the Registrar the power to revoke licences in the instances of breach, fines for offences range from N250,000 to N2,000,000 as against the old law whose fines for offences range from N250 to N1000. It also empowers the council to regulate all stakeholders involved in pharmacy distribution chain all the way as against the old one.
Also, the council must be notified before any action can be brought against it contrary to the old law without such provision.
He said that in 1936, the Pharmacy Board of Nigeria was established while the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria was established in 1992. “It pleases Almighty God that it is President Muhammadu Buhari that will make history by signing into law the bill establishing the Pharmacy Council of Nigeria in August, 2022. “We are grateful to Sen. Ahmed Lawal, Senate President, the Speaker,.
Femi Gbajabiamila and all distinguished senators and honourable members of the House of Representatives that worked so hard to ensure that the bill passed through.
“We are grateful to Dr Osagie Ehanire, Minister of Health and management of the ministry, Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN, Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu and that of Finance and National Planning, Zainab Ahmed.
Among others .
“ We appreciate the contribution of the leadership of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), NDLEA , NAFDAC and PCN staff for their efforts,’’ he said The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Buhari recently signed eight bills into law which included Pharmacy Council of Nigeria, Counseling Practitioners Council of Nigeria, 2022, Civil Aviation Act and Meteorological Agency (Establishment) Act, 2022 among others.
The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) says it will continue to partner with the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) on the promotion of working environment for Nigerian manufacturing industries to thrive.
Mr Juwon Otelaja, the PSN Kwara State Chairman, said this on Thursday in Ilorin during a courtesy visit to the MAN secretariat.
He commended the body for championing the course and interest of manufacturers in Nigeria despite harsh working condition.
Otelaja added that PSN would continue to support and partner with MAN to ensure governments at all tiers promulgate policies geared towards survival of manufacturing industries in the country.
He stated that such moves by the Federal Government include ensuring that the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) improves forex allocation on importation of raw materials, adding that high cost of forex had adversely affected manufacturers’ productivity and profitability.
The PSN chairman emphasised that the survival of manufacturers in Nigeria is crucial in creation of jobs and the development of the country as a whole, which calls for concerted efforts to ensure policies in their promotion are implemented.
Responding, Chief Bioku Rahmon, the Chairman of MAN Kwara and Kogi States branch, commended the PSN for the goodwill and partnership.
He also commended PSN on its efforts to ensure that the government implement best policies for businesses to thrive in the country.
He explained that the policy thrust of MAN is to have a focal point of communication and consultation between industry on the one hand, and the government and general public on the other.
According to him, the platform is for the private sector to formulate and articulate policy suggestions that would be complementary to government’s efforts at policy formulation.
Rahmon added that the challenges of manufacturers in the country was aggravated by infrastructural problem, including roads, power, water and unfavourable policies, among others.
He observed that government sometimes implement policies without imput of stakeholders involvement.
“This policies of ‘copy and paste’ of other countries policies may not necessarily work in our own country.
“During the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a lot of wavers for the continuous existence of companies in some countries such as the U.
S, so that companies don’t sink.
“However, our government increase tarriffs during the COVID-19 pandemic which is unfavourable to manufacturers,” he said.
He explained further that it was during such time that South Africa and Egypt reduced their own tariffs to ensure survival of their manufacturing industries.
The MAN chairman appealed to the Federal Government to ensure survival of the manufacturing industries especially Medium Scale companies who can employ millions of Nigerians and reduce unemployment in the country.
The Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN) has started training pharmacists on vaccine administration, casualty rescue and emergency management to increase manpower in healthcare delivery in Nigeria.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the training was part of the activities mark the 41st Annual National Scientific Conference of the association with theme: ”Never Waste A Crisis: Community Pharmacist Learning For Future Preparedness” on Monday in Lagos.
The training, which was in partnership with the College of Pharmacy, Mercer University, United States of America (USA), had facilitators from the American institution to train Nigerian pharmacists.
Dr Chinyere Anyanwu, a Facilitator from U.S., said the training was anticipated to bring development not only in the pharmaceutical industry, but in the entire healthcare delivery system of Nigeria.
Anyanwu, also a Board Member, Nigerian Association of Pharmacists and Pharmaceutical Scientists in the Americans (NAPPSA), said it will bring relief and less workload to the Primary Healthcare Centres and other private and public hospitals in the country.
According to her, the idea is to ensure that all community pharmacies have and can store vaccines so that people can easily walk into any nearest pharmacy to access vaccines instead of queuing at primary healthcare centres or hospitals.
“The objective is to promote Universal Health Coverage where patient can easily access healthcare services within the possible shortest time and without transporting miles to a hospital.
“This will promote the overall well-being of the patients, save time and money and equally enhance the healthcare delivery system,” Anyanwu said.
Dr Tosh Bolanle, a U.S.-based Clinical Pharmacist, described the training as “a capacity building empowerment,” aimed at boosting competence of pharmacists in vaccine administration.
Bolanle, emphasised the need for collaboration between doctors and pharmacists, as well as acceptance of the communities on vaccination.
He noted that the training would provide the pharmacists with background information on vaccines, vaccines conditions, patient screening, education and consent storage, handling, delivering and emergency management, review of vaccination and others.
“It is a fact that COVID-19 pandemic has raised the awareness of vaccination as a public health intervention and the ACPN, with the approval of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), is licensing community pharmacists to begin vaccination.
“So, we are empowering the community pharmacists with the skills and competencies that will qualify them to administer vaccines to patients at all points of pharmacy stores in Nigeria,” he said.
A Representative of the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN), Mrs Zainab Suleiman, assured support and collaboration of the Council to enhance development of pharmaceutical industry and services in the country.
Suleiman, said the training would also equip pharmacist to effectively manage medical emergency situations, rescue causalities and save victims lives.
According to her, the training is essential to increase the manpower in healthcare delivery in Nigeria.
The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) has urged Ondo State Government to break the dichotomy within the health professionals especially the medical doctors and pharmacists in the state.
Mr Akinola Akindeko, the State Chairman of PSN, made the appeal during a visit to the Special Adviser on Health Matters to the State Governor, Prof.
Dayo Faduyile, on Monday in Akure.
Akindeko said the PSN had the capacity and wherewithal to make a positive change in the health sector while promising to collaborate with the government in ensuring good service delivery in the state health sector.
In his words, Andrew Ogunmusin, the state Public Relations Officer of the association, clamoured for a good working relationship among all health workers to achieve a greater height.
Also speaking, Alfred Olukoju, the State Treasurer, wanted the SA to bring his professional experience from Lagos health sector to the state.
Responding, Faduyile said that the PSN and the Nigerian Medical Association ( NMA) should be partners in progress and not the other way round.
He added that every health worker was important, stating that it was time to talk on harmony between doctors and pharmacists in the state to move the health sector forward.
“I agree that the health system in Lagos is better than that of Ondo state but Lagos did not attain such height in a short time,” he said.
Faduyile asked cooperation of all stakeholders in the sector for effective and positive change.( NAN)
Delta Government has approved the employment of 40 pharmacists to bridge the manpower deficiency of pharmaceutical personnel in government hospitals across the state.
Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa gave the approval on Monday when the leadership and members of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Delta chapter, paid him a courtesy visit at Government House, Asaba.
He expressed concern that out of 64 government hospitals in the state, 39 had no pharmacists, adding that such was not a healthy development to the healthcare policies and programmes of his administration.
According to him, no hospital can perform optimally without the professional input of a pharmacist.
He said that in spite of the present global economic challenges, his administration would ensure that government hospitals in the state were fairly staffed to meet the healthcare needs of the people.
He pledged to look into all issues presented to him with a view to addressing some of them for the overall good of residents of the state.
On the alleged issue of harassment by some government agencies, he urged members of the society to take up the issue with the relevant agencies if they noticed that what they (such agencies) were doing was not in line with the position of the law.
The governor frowned at the attitude of some people on payment of taxes, adding that many Nigerians don’t pay tax.
He, therefore, charged Nigerians to always pay their taxes to enable government to continue to perform its obligations.
He noted that “we have 40 pharmacists with 64 hospitals; that obviously is not right.
“I don’t see why we would allow the situation to degrade to that level. Recently, I gave approval for the Hospitals Management Board (HMB) to employ doctors and nurses but I don’t think that reasonable provision was made to employ pharmacists.
“This is because for us to have 39 of our hospitals without even a single pharmacists, obviously it is not right and it ought not to be so.
“So, the Chairman of Hospitals Management Board, at least that one (the issue of shortage of pharmacists in government hospitals) I know I can attend to, I want a memo that will get to my table before the close of the week to employ 40 pharmacists.
“Actually, I don’t need a clap for this. The real truth is that every hospital should have at least one pharmacist.
“We have been employing people along the line.
“The huge numbers of staff that we have in this state and the exposure that we have in terms of salaries that we pay does not seem to collaborate this position.
“This is because if we have been employing staff in many other places (areas in the state civil service) I don’t see any reason why there should be lack of pharmacists within our hospitals.
” I think that is an anomaly and it must be corrected,” he said.
Earlier, the state Chairman, Pharmaceuticals Society of Nigeria, Dr Kenneth Otenne, had told the governor that the visit was to commend him “for the monumental achievements in all positions held as a politician.”
He said that the visit was also to seek partnership in moving the healthcare sector in the state forward.
Otenne outlined challenges inhibiting the professional body in the state to include shortage of pharmacists in government hospitals; denial of internship of the Delta State University Teaching Hospital, (DELSUTH) Oghara.
“Also, absence of accommodation for pharmacists on internship and non inclusion of pharmacists in the running of the primary health care, as well as contributory health insurance scheme, among others”.
The body presented an award of excellence in the health sector to Gov. Okowa.
Edited By: Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu
The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Kwara Chapter, has sought the partnership with the National Drug Law and Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in sensitising the residents on the dangers of drug abuse.
The newly elected Kwara PSN Chairman, Mr Juwon Otelaja, disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Ilorin.
Otelaja said this was part of programmes he outlined for his administration.
He stressed that youths, who majorly engage in drug abuse, must be sensitised on the dangers the habit poses.
“We will be engaging the youths in terms of public enlightenment on the dangers of drug abuse, in partnership with the NDLEA because they are the body in charge of drugs law enforcement,’’ Otelaja said.
“PCN is doing its best but they do not have enough capacity, in terms of human capital, to do their work.
“So, we will support the PCN and make sure we step up our tempo in supervision.
“We will be engaging the patent medicine vendors to fish out the bad eggs among them and deal decisively with them.’’
He said that 300 patent medicine stores, operating without licenses and with other offences, were closed during that operation.
“We are going to follow up on that to ensure that the right thing is done to save the citizens,’’ Otelaja said.
Edited By: Johnson Eyiangho/Abdulfatah Babatunde