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.
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 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 National Chairman, Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN), Dr Adewale Oladigbolu has urged the Federal Government to include pharmacists in all healthcare activities in the country.
Oladigbolu made the call at the opening of the 41st Annual National Scientific Conference of ACPN on Tuesday in Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the theme of the conference is: ‘Never Waste A Crisis: Community Pharmacists, Learning For Future Preparedness’.
He said the pharmacists could be included as primary healthcare providers in the National Health Insurance Scheme and by signing the new Pharmacy Bill. “This will go a long way to engender healthier nation.
Community Pharmacists in Nigeria are equipped with great skills and are doing a lot in their space.
“And we are ready to work to make Nigeria a more beautiful nation,” he said.
He explained that COVID-19 vaccination in Community Pharmacies had been approved via a Memorandum of Partnership (MOP) with the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA).
According to him, the association now have a National Working Committee in place to see to the closure of routine immunisation gaps, by securing approval for community pharmacists as providers.
The President, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Prof. Cyril Usifoh, said that the conference provided opportunities for stock taking and strategic planning for the future preparedness.
Usifoh said preparedness entailed that community pharmacists and other pharmacists in other practice areas, acquired appropriate skills and expertise to be able to offer care services that would save lives in future.
“According to International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP), COVID-19 pandemic really exposed gaps in our public healthcare delivery systems globally.
“Pharmacy has been one of the essential resources deployed to address most of the noted gaps in the fight against the pandemic.
“What needed to be examined critically is whether health systems especially in Nigeria is making the most use of what pharmacists can offer.” The Executive Director, NPHCDA, Dr Faisal Shuaibu, urged the pharmacists to live up to the mandates given to them by their integration into the primary healthcare delivery system in Nigeria.
Shuaibu, also a keynote speaker at the event, said the conference availed pharmacists and participants the opportunity not only to deliberate and exchange views, but to learn.
He added that the conference provided participants the opportunity to learn, unlearn and relearn to equip themselves with contemporary mechanisms in the management of health crisis and surviving through it.
“This is not only a retrospective call to community pharmacists, but also an introspective call to Nigeria Healthcare stakeholders and policymakers, to rethink and rejig the Nigeria healthcare system in readiness for future health crisis.
“Unfortunately, the recent global pandemic has amplified our voices and made the hesitancy in some quarters a mist that will fade with time,” he said.
The conference featured exhibition for pharmacists and pharmaceutical companies to display their services and products.
Sone health experts have called for urgent revitalisation of Nigeria’s Primary Health Care (PHC) system to enable improved access to adequate medicare.
The experts made the call on Friday at the Nextier Health virtual dialogue on “Revitalising Nigeria’s PHC System“ in continuation of Nextier Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Series.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Nextier UHC Series is one of the flagship programmes of Nextier Health.
The series draw attention to contemporary health issues in Nigeria and globally through the views of health system experts and practitioners.
Akin Abayomi, the Lagos State Commissioner for Health, in his keynote address, highlighted the urgent need to address the challenges in the country’s PHC system.
Abayomi, who was represented by Dr Ibrahim Mustapha, Permanent Secretary, Lagos State PHC Board, said the major challenges facing PHC services included inadequate financing and human resources.
He said that other challenges were weak governance and accountability structures, poor data collection and transmission systems, limited access to medicines and essential infrastructure in PHC settings and supply chain.
Abayomi said that PHC system would require significant improvement to achieve UHC.
“All relevant stakeholders across the public and private sectors need to intensify their efforts and build sustainable partnerships to rejuvenate Nigeria’s PHC,” he said.
Chima Onoka, Head of Operations, Health Policy Research Group, said there was need for a clear delineation of roles and responsibilities of all tiers of government to ensure accountability processes.
Onoka, also a Community Physician, said each tiers of government should have financial autonomy to ensure it had the resources to perform its roles and responsibilities.
He said that local governments had not been able to effectively provide PHC services partly because they did not have direct control over their resources.
Onoka advised stakeholders at Federal and state government levels to focus on programme implementation and also provide financial and technical support for the health system leaders.
He, however, said that such health system leaders should be held accountable for expected responsibilities and resources.
Onoka said that the role of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and Development Partners in ensuring accountability emphasised the need for proper incentives to be considered in the design of accountability systems.
He called for a review of the scorecard for assessing performance in the Primary Healthcare System with best practices from other countries as bench mark.
Onoka recommended the need for stakeholders to present performance scorecards to the universities and similar independent institutions, that could assess the performance of PHC programmes and interventions objectively.
He said that for more objective review performance, development partners, stakeholders, CSOs and the public should also be allowed to review the reports and ask the right questions.
“This is in contrast to the current practice in which performance scorecards are presented to the board of the same organisation or public without giving room for effective engagement and unbiased assessment of PHC performance,” he said.
Onoka said that health system leaders and stakeholders needed to remove bureaucratic bottlenecks and create platforms that could enable them leverage available resources to achieve health system goals.
He called on state governments to create opportunities for stakeholders, including the private sector, to contribute to their health systems, particularly at the PHC level.
The expert said that the government must bridge the human resource gap by revising the training curriculum of health workers.
He said the government could also save money on capacity-building workshops for fresh graduates by incorporating the training content into the academic programmes curriculums.
Onoka said it was pertinent for government to build trust in the system as that would encourage more access to funds both domestically and externally.
He said there should be increased sustainable investments in the primary healthcare system with a focus on results.
onoka said there was also need to learn from past failures and best practices, and advised stakeholders to provide health system leaders with financial and technical resources they required to perform optimally.
Dr Sam Agbo, Senior Health Advisor, Foreign Commonwealth Development Office, Nigeria, said there was need for a clear definition of roles and responsibilities.
Agbo said National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA) should consider acting more as a supervisory agency and focused less on programme implementation.
He said there was also need to improve coordination and synergy between State Ministries of Health and Primary HealthCare Development Agencies.
Agbo said Local Governments financial autonomy would empower them to take responsibility for organising PHC system while Federal and State governments provide the needed oversight and support.
He said professional organisations, Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANAM), Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria (AMLSON) and Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria PSN) should be encouraged to drive accountability.
He said the people, who were foremost stakeholders in a PHC system, must know their rights, demand them, and hold leaders accountable.
“The people are responsible for applying basic health education principles.
“Countries like China, India, Pakistan, Rwanda, Mali, and Niger with high-performing primary healthcare systems all have a people-centred and driven system.
”NGOs and CSOs should be people-oriented and advocate for interventions that mitigate disparities and protect vulnerable groups,” he said.
Agbo said that private sector should be given enabling environment to support the government to deliver on its mandate of ensuring that PHC system was built on the pillars of appropriateness, acceptability, accessibility, availability and affordability.
He said that the activities of development partners must be aligned and harmonised with government plans and people’s needs.
Agbo said that aligning programmes of development partners with on-ground priorities, remained a crucial strategy to ensure that donors’ catalytic investments made a difference and had far-reaching sustainable impact.
He said that before the Alma Ata declaration on PHC in 1978, Nigeria had a functional village healthcare system that provided services to the people at the community level.
Agbo said that in spite the present challenges being experienced, PHC system could be revitalised if all stakeholders were committed, worked tirelessly, acknowledged health as a human right and made it a political priority.
He described health as a business with a great return-on-investments and should be seen as such.
According to Dr Emmanuel Okpetu, Head, PHC, Kuje Area Council, instead of directly implementing programmes, national and state government agencies should provide technical support and oversight for LGAs. “This will bridge gaps at the PHC level with contextually appropriate solutions as that would help the three tiers of government to collaborate more effectively,” he said.
Okpetu said that a clear distinction between implementation and oversight roles of different stakeholders were important.
He said that most oversight functions expected from national and state agencies had been overlooked because they paid more attention to programme implementation at the expense of the oversight functions.
Okpetu said the number, distribution, and quality of human resources in PHC system were suboptimal, adding that task-shifting and sharing were great strategy to bridge human resource gaps.
He said that government should expand the scope of task shifting and sharing beyond maternal health services to include other conditions like non-communicable diseases.
Okpetu called on the government to make necessary policy changes that would make it easier for people to get trained to take up roles in the PHC system.
“The system is in dire need of human resources to provide clinical, laboratory and surveillance services,” he said.
Okpetu said that government should go beyond personnel recruitment and redistribution to ensure that appropriate incentives were in place to motivate PHC workforce and encourage personnel retention.
He said that community health extension workers were not motivated with ceilings which limit their career advancement.
“Incentives to be provided include career advancement opportunities and government-sponsored training with signed agreements for trained health workers to work for a specified time frame within the system or repay the cost of training,” he said.
Okpetu said there was need to allocate resources to carefully selected and clearly defined priorities.
He said that donors and development partners should avoid duplication of efforts and build trust with local stakeholders and focus on addressing real challenges within the health system based on priorities identified by the government.
Okpetu advised all tiers of government to consider innovative strategies to improve health system efficiency.
He added that governments could contract private sector to run non-performing PHC facilities and institute a pay-for-performance remuneration and financing system.
Dr Uju Onyes, a Health Policy and Financing expert, said there was need to reduce fragmentation in the health governance structure.
Onyes said the challenges of fragmentation was further complicated by absence of clear roles, responsibilities and accountability systems for PHC’s stakeholders and institutions.
She said that the deplorable state of PHC system and failed projects were due to poor accountability mechanisms in all tiers of government.
The expert said that stakeholders must work in synergy and deliver on their mandates as their collective action would strengthen the PHC system and make it resilient.
Onyes said although financial resources within national PHC system were inadequate, the inefficiency in resource utilisation was a challenge.
She said that governments and stakeholders should work towards revitalising the system as investments in PHC were cost-effective and would help Nigeria inch closer to UHC.
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)
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.
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The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), has called on the Federal Government to intensify efforts on funding researches in the Pharmaceutical Industries, especially in the race for COVID-19 vaccines.
In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria , Mr Otelaja Adejuwon, the PSN chairman, Kwara chapter, said the Nigerian pharmacists were conducting extensive research as regards COVID-19 management.
He, however, observed that these researches were hampered by lack of funding, adding that the Federal Government had a lot to do because most of all the agencies were underfunded.
“Pharmacists are at the forefront of cutting edge research in this country, we have the best brains of pharmacists in various spheres; aside from those in the universities and research institutes.
“When the government fund these researches well, we will have innovations that can lead to more patents that will generate foreign exchange for the country, because there is the complaint that foreign exchange is depleting,” he said.
Adejuwon observed that Nigeria is blessed with a lot of human capital, adding that the government should harness this resource through the necessary support.
He also urged the people not to relent in compliance with COVID-19 protocols in order to further flatten the curve of the pandemic.
“The PSN would continue to support the government in engaging and sensitising the public on the necessary preventive measures against the virus,” he said.
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Mrs Elizabeth Adebola, member of PSN and Coordinator of the campaign, said that the targets were the community members, road transport workers and market women in the two communities.
She added that the outreach was part of the activities for the 2020 Pharmacy Week, and that the campaign included the distribution of face masks, gloves and hand sanitisers across the two communities.
According to her, the communities will be sensitised on the dangers of COVID-19 and how people spread the disease if they don’t follow protocols laid down by the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).
“We are here to sensitise our people on the dangers of COVID-19 pandemic and preventive methods that people should follow.
“We are here to tell people that COVID-19 is real, it is not an imagination of anybody and to advise them on what to do to avoid contracting the disease, ” she said.
Adebola noted that the NCDC and Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 with the backing of the Federal Government had enjoined people to imbibe preventive measures against the disease such as hand washing and social distancing.
She advised people not to go out on occasions so much because they could easily spread it among themselves.
The coordinator added that it was important to adhere to measures as it was difficult to tell who had the virus and who did not have in a crowd of people.
Mr Shuaib Opola, a member of National Union of Road Transport Workers(NURTW) in Oke-oye community, said that the union had been active in ensuring that drivers and commuters kept the guidelines on COVID-19.
He explained that passengers who refused to wear face mask were not allowed in commercial buses, while drivers were mandated to wear mask and carry hand sanitisers.
Edited By: Buhari Bolaji/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu (NAN)