By Olayinka Olatona
Nigerian pharmacists will not be deterred in their efforts to uphold the sanctity of the pharmaceutical profession towards guaranteeing the wellbeing of Nigerians despite numerous distractions confronting the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN).
President of the PSN, Pharm Azubike Okwor, who gave the assertion at a stakeholders’ forum in Lagos last week, said the body would continue to direct its energies and skills towards optimizing skills and knowledge of its members in repositioning Nigeria’s pharmacy practice.
Okwor in his presentation, enjoined Nigerian pharmacists to adopt the right attitude that will place them firmly as first among equals in the annals of health care dispensation globally, while they move ahead of their traditional roles to embrace new callings as health counsellors and advisers. “Pharmacy facilities must also begin to evolve as ideal health centers which play prominent roles in preventive health and which is the road map for future health plans.”
He however warned pharmacists to separate themselves from quacks so they can contribute their quota to national development in improving public health.
He recalled that the Society had in the course of the year, sought clarification from President Goodluck Jonathan through the Federal Ministry of Health, on the need for pharmacists to be in charge of drug procurement at all levels in line with provisions of relevant statues and the National Drug Policy.
Amongst other notable achievements of the Society he mentioned was creation of Grade Level (GL) 17 for pharmacists at the Federal Ministry of Health irrespective of their designations, introduction of dispensing software in community and hospital pharmacy practice amongst others.