By Sola Ogundipe
A development that would make Nigeriaâ€™s 50th independence anniversary celebration more meaningful is the adoption of a philosophy that promotes equity and justice among the various health professionals.
Chairman, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) Lagos State branch, Pharm Lanre Familusi who made this assertion in Lagos last week, argued that Federal government would continue to fail in the quest for industrial harmony if the current discriminatory philosophy that favours one profession over another is not checked.
Familusi who spoke on occasion of the 2010 Pharmacy Week Seminar alleged that the Presidential committee propsed to address ills of the health sector had failed in its duty because all tenets of equity and justice were negated through its membership which is unduly skwed in favour of one profession.
Frowning on the practice of the politicising of appointments to positions that are purely professional in nature, he admonished the nationâ€™s managers to regard all professionals in the health sector as equal stakeholders.
Recounting numerous issues ranging from discriminatory salaries and wages as well as overseas training opportunities, he lamented that contrary to the global perspective of healthcare as a team concept, the promotion of what he described as a â€œmaster-servantâ€ relationship in mamnagement of care providers in the nation.
â€œEvery serious nation must work harder to build capacity in its sectors, Familusi stated.
â€œThe idea of overseas training must be made a wholistic concept that inculcates all health workers if we desire to build a health industry that will thrive.
â€œFor us in Pharmacy, government must encourage emergence of specialist pharmacists in fields like oncology, gynaecology, psychatry, orthopaedics and others in the hospitals in this age of clinical pharmacy.â€
Further, Familusi opined that pharmacists must be encouraged to manufacture in the hospitals as it boosts personalised specialist care, better health outcomes and reduced health costs too government.
â€œTo achieve the level of personnel for these services, the Federal Ministry of Health must begin to invest heavily in training and development of its pharmacists and others,â€ he concluded.