By Francis Igata
ENUGU—Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State has urged Pharmacists in the country to intensify their efforts towards identifying and eliminating fake and substandard drugs to enhance quality healthcare.
Governor Ugwuanyi also advocated that sanctions be meted out to professionals who involve themselves in the manufacture, importation or sales of such drugs.
Speaking at the opening ceremony of the 35th Annual National Conference of the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN) held at Nike Lake Resort, Enugu, the governor noted that the community Pharmacists as the most accessible healthcare professionals in the healthcare delivery system, require greater professional knowledge and skills towards the actualization of the set objectives in the health sector.
Emphasizing the importance of the conference towards turning the state into the choice destination for medical tourism in the country, Gov. Ugwuanyi reiterated his commitment to continue to partner with the association and other professionals to enhance qualitative health care delivery.
The governor disclosed that his administration has ensured proper equipment and staffing of existing health institutions in the State and was on the verge of completing an ultra-modern medical diagnostic centre in Enugu with capacity to serve the needs of the country and beyond.
He said that the state government has also made arrangements for the commencement of the construction of three new Specialist Hospitals in the three Senatorial Zones of the State and has been sustaining and strengthening the Free Maternal and Child Health Care programme.