By SOLA OGUNDIPE
Nigerian pharmacists have been urged to put the interest of patients as the cornerstone of their practice through development and integration of patient-oriented practice model into all components of their enterprise.
Senior Special Assistant to the Ogun State Governor on Health, Dr. Jibola Amosu who gave the charge in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital, said the responsibilities of a pharmacist goes far beyond selection of appropriate drug therapies, education and monitoring of patients, and continuous assessment of the outcome of such therapies.
Amosun, who spoke at a training workshop on “Best Practices in Pharmaceutical Service Delivery” organised by the Ogun state Hospitals Management Board, identified other responsibilities of a pharmacist to include aspects of playing important roles in public health and primary healthcare, substance abuse prevention, education and assistance, care for patients with HIV infection, emergency medicine and emergency preparedness.
In his brief, Amosun enjoined pharmacists to ensure that medication use is safe and effective, adding that it is important to incorporate safety and precaution on everything they do.
Earlier, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr. Olaokun Soyinka, while admonishing pharmacists to assume leadership role in inter-disciplinary development, implementation, maintenance and monitor patients and caregivers to prevent drug abuse, observed that the need to strengthen and improve skill acquisition as well as develop human resource capacity informed the decision of the present state administration to invest heavily in training of its workforce.
In his remark, the Director, Pharmaceutical Services in the Board, Pharm-Gregory Fafiolu advised pharmacists to keep themselves abreast of developments in the field of pharmacy by embracing pharmaceutical care in all ramifications.
The workshop was aimed at exposing participants to current best practices in the pharmaceutical profession in order to be in line with global trends.