By Sola Ogundipe
PRESIDENT of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, PSN, Pharm Ahmed Yakasai, has commended the approval of the Pharm. D Programme by the National Universities Commission, NUC.
Disclosing the development in Minna, Niger State, Yakasai said the approval would pave the way for the resolve of the PSN towards instituting a world class pharmacy practice which embellishes Good Pharmacy Practice (GPP).
Speaking at the opening of the 89th Annual National Conference of the PSN, he said now that the programme was approved, all the faculties of pharmacy should brace up for the challenge in the collective bid to improve service to consumers of health.
His words: “To His glory I can confirm to you that the Pharm. D Programme is now approved by the NUC. Recall that this programme had been canvassed since 1999 when the AGM of PSN approved it in Enugu. Successive leaderships of PSN took progressive turns to actualise the Pharm. D. dream.
“Incidentally, the immediate Past President and NEC, PCN, NAPPSA and NAPharm who worked assiduously on the Pharm D concept like others, had struck an agreement to have a Pharm D stakeholder’s workshop on November 23, 2015. It turned out this was my first official duty to coordinate as President of PSN.”
Yakasai urged the various pharmacy schools to send more of their staff to specialize in Clinical Pharmacy models which will be adaptable for home grown initiatives.
“Towards this end, the PSN will continue to provide the buffer and other cataclysmic templates to promote productive interactions, with diaspora pharmacists who can assist us to move this ideal to the next level.
“In line with the disposition of the new National Executive Committee (NEC) to innovate we are already thinking of how to mobilize specific stakeholders to establish new Faculties of Pharmacy in the country like we have seen in some other countries.
“We shall also begin serious efforts akin to moving Pharmacy practice in Nigeria to next levels and begin a series of initiatives that will give birth to a National Postgraduate College of Pharmacy. We shall keep you informed as these various efforts begin to yield dividends,” he asserted.
He also commended the Niger State government for its recognition of the consultancy cadre within the Pharmacy profession, noting that the PSN was working hard in actualizing the consultancy cadre in public sector, as part of its contribution in adding value to patients and creating a productive health sector.
He made an appeal for the reconstitution of the Boards of the National Agency for Food, Drugs and Chemicals, NAFDAC, Pharmacists Council of Nigeria, PCN and National Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Development, NIPRD as well as implementation of the National Health Act.