By Sola Ogundipe
Pharmacists under the aegis of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) have reiterated the call on Federal government to urgently tackle the issue of discriminatory salary wages in the health sector to avoid unwarranted industrial disharmony in this potentially volatile sector.
Making the call in a communique issued at the end of the 82nd Annual National Conference of the PSN held in Benin City, Edo State, they urged government to embrace the recommendations of the Job Evaluation report conducted on all health workers by the FMOH/Office of the Head of Service of the Federation which prescribed a ratio 10:8.7 in fixing wages for doctors and pharmacists based on the one year difference in the duration of their training.
At the conference, with the theme â€œPharmacy,: Ethics and Politicsâ€,Â Edo State Governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole said allÂ members of the health team would be carried along in the implementation of a pending wage increase for workers in the health sector.
The keynote address was delivered by a renowned Pharmacist and Politician, Hon. Jimi Agbaje, FPSN. Eminent resource persons at the scientific Session were Dr. C. A. Opara, Dr. Olukemi Odukoya, Prof. Joshua Eniojukan, Yomi Oduwole and Rev. Fr. Anslem Adodo of Pax Herbals, Ewu, Edo State.
Upholding the important role ethics and discipline play inÂ development of any profession, they solicited the incorporation of the study of ethics as pre-condition for certification and membership.Â They noted thatÂ where representatives of the people are elected, politics remains the legitimate tool to provide leadership for progress and development of the country.
However they admonished that the participation of professionals in politics must be structured in such a manner that it does not lead to severe depletion of human resources in the healthcare sector at a time the brain drain syndrome had taken its toll on the sector.