By Gabriel Olawale
Pfizer, a multinational pharmaceutical company, has provided a three-year unrestricted grant for the training of doctors in all secondary and tertiary health institutions in Nigeria and other West African countries through the West African College of Physicians (WACP).
The development training programme, to be facilitated by the Royal College of Physicians of UK is expected to provide doctors with skills and experience in medical education, clinical expertise and sub-specialty, to enable doctors deliver high quality patient care.
The training which kicked off in Ibadan last month is sequel to the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the two colleges in Abuja in 2008, and will be held in WACP member institutions across West Africa . The 3-year Pfizer grant will help the colleges to work toward the overarching objective of developing a trained WACP faculty based in all WACP member countries.
According to Pfizerâ€™s Medical Director, Nigeria and East Africa Region (NEAR), Dr. Kodjo Soroh, the programme would involve a series of workshops to be facilitated by the Royal College of Physiciansâ€™ educationalists, visit by the U.K-based fellows to share their knowledge and expertise through visits to training centres in West Africa based on the need identified by WACP.
Soroh Nigerian doctors and their otherÂ West African counterparts would have accessÂ to the Royal College publications and would also attend a joint scientific conference between the two colleges next year.
Commenting on the programme, the Managing Director Pfizer Nigeria Dr. Enrico Liggeri reiterated the companyâ€™s commitment to Nigeriaâ€™s economy and healthcare delivery system, adding that the development programme is part of the companyâ€™s corporate social responsibility in Nigeria .
â€œWe have ensured that Nigerians continue to have access to hi-tech and innovative medicines as they are being developed and launched in the developed countries. A training programme like this gives us another opportunity to play a key role in equipping Nigerian health care professionals, this time medical doctors, to acquire necessary skills that will enable them deliver high quality patient care just like their counterparts elsewhere in the world.â€