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Adekola Emerges as New ACPN National Chairman

Adekola Emerges as New ACPN National Chairman

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Pharm. Samuel Oluwaoromipin Adekola has emerged as the new national chairman of the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN). The election held during the Annual General Meeting of the National Conference at SIO Event Centre, Benin, Edo State. Pharm. Adekola emerged the victor in the keenly contested race with 292 votes, while his opponent, Pharm. Chima Ogbu garnered 288 votes. The Chairman of the Electoral Committee, Pharm. Yunusa Mohid Nasir FPSN announced the results during the closing banquet of the week-long event. He stated that 580 delegates were accredited and participated in the electoral process. Pharm. Adekola, who practices in Ondo State won the elections and was subsequently presented with the certificate of office at the banquet. Pharm. Nasir also announced th...
Every Community Pharmacist needs to Thrive Inspite of Competition – Pharm. Samuel Adekola

Every Community Pharmacist needs to Thrive Inspite of Competition – Pharm. Samuel Adekola

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Pharm. Samuel Adekola is the incumbent National Vice Chairman of the Association of Community Pharmacists, and a contender for the position of the ACPN National Chairman. In this interview with PharmaTimes WAIRE EMONEFE, he talks about his decision to contest, and shares his take on various issues that concern community pharmacists. What inspired your decision to contest for the position of the ACPN National Chairman? I am inspired by the desire to serve. By the grace of God, I’ve constantly been an asset to every employer that I’ve served both directly and indirectly. I have always been a leader. I started leadership from class 3 where I was the class captain, to my days in the University of Ife, where I was the Representative for all the science students. I also served as the chairman
Administration, Headship of Public Health Facilities not Exclusive Right of Medical Doctors – Chima Ogbu

Administration, Headship of Public Health Facilities not Exclusive Right of Medical Doctors – Chima Ogbu

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It was a gruelling and embittered walk as members of the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) took a journey recently to press home their demand for the implementation of signed agreements with government. To what extent the issues at stake are resolved or not, will not preclude the fact that the health care system in Nigeria leaves so much to be desired. Meanwhile as the body of community pharmacists in the land gather to deliberate at the 37th edition of the Annual National Confab of Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN) in Benin, the salient issues linger on. In this interview, PharmaTimes Editor, MORGAN NWANGUMA engages the outgoing National Publicity Secretary of ACPN, Pharm. Chima A. Ogbu (also a strong candidate for the next chairmanship position) on these and relate...
Community Pharmacists Action (COPA) Centre Celebrates Quality Care Standards

Community Pharmacists Action (COPA) Centre Celebrates Quality Care Standards

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Community Pharmacists Action Centre (COPA), an initiative of the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN) in conjunction with Howard University Global Initiative (HUGIN), a consortium partner with FHI360, also known as Family Health International, on Strengthening Integrated Delivery of HIV/AIDS Services (SIDHAS) on Tuesday celebrated community pharmacies that met the criteria for Quality Care Standards in Community Pharmacy as developed by the International Pharmaceutical Association (FIP). The event which held at The Rembrandt Hotel, Ikeja was attended by many dignitaries in the pharmaceutical sector such as Pharm. N.A.E Mohammed, Registrar of Pharmaceutical Council of Nigeria (PCN), who was the Chairman of the Occasion; Prof. Kunle Olabayo, Director General National Insti...
ACPN IDEA Zone Sets the Pace with 10th Annual Pharmaceutical Business Seminar

ACPN IDEA Zone Sets the Pace with 10th Annual Pharmaceutical Business Seminar

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The ACPN IDEA (Ipaja, Dopemu, Egbeda and Akowonjo) zone has once again shown themselves as the pacesetters in the state as they held their 10th Annual Pharmaceutical and Business Seminar/ Workshop on Thursday, 21 June. The event which took place at an event centre in the zone was graced by many dignitaries in the pharmaceutical industry including Pharm. Charles Ajibo, who is the Country Director and General Manager of Merck in Nigeria; he was also the chairman of the occasion. Other dignitaries at the event were: Pharm. Adeniran B.O.F Chairman, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, Lagos State Chapter; Pharm. Obideyi Benedict, Chairman ACPN Lagos State Chapter; Pharm. Deji Osinoiki, the Father of the Day; Pharm. Abimbola Adebakin, CEO Advantage Health Care, who was also a resource person at ...
PSN Seeks Implementation of Prescription Policy to Curb Drug Abuse

PSN Seeks Implementation of Prescription Policy to Curb Drug Abuse

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As ACPN inaugurates new secretariat to boost pharmaceutical practice in communities The President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, (PSN), Ahmed I. Yakasai, has emphasised on adoption and implementation of the prescription policy to effectively rid the country of the menace of drug abuse. He made the submission during the commissioning of the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria, (ACPN) new National Secretariat in Ikeja, Lagos at the weekend. Yakasai said although the Senate has developed two draft bills for legislation to tackle the increasing drug abuse in the country, that is, the National Drug Control Bill, which according to him seeks interagency collaboration and the mental health bill, that focuses on psychological issues from these drug abuse, there is need fo...
Sincerity, Proper Funding Panacea to Drug Abuse — PSN President

Sincerity, Proper Funding Panacea to Drug Abuse — PSN President

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The President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, PSN, Pharm. Ahmed Yakassai has identified sincerity of purpose, political will and proper funding of drug regulatory agencies as major strategies to check drug abuse in the country.  Yakassai who spoke at the commissioning of the new Secretariat of the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria, ACPN, in Lagos noted that the way out of drug abuse is not only to punish  abusers but to have proper control of the drug system. “How do we get these drugs, most of them come through the seaports or land borders. For about nine to 11 years, NAFDAC was removed from all the ports, but of recent, they were asked to return to only the seaports. Still they are not allowed to stay at the land border or at the airport, which means there would s
ACPN Secretariat: Grand Opening of a Befitting Edifice

ACPN Secretariat: Grand Opening of a Befitting Edifice

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It was a proud moment for all community pharmacists on Friday as the national body of the Association of Community Pharmacists (ACPN) inaugurated its National Secretariat at Ikeja, Lagos State. The event was graced by many notable personalities in the pharmaceutical sector including the president of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria – Pharm. Ahmed Yakasai who later in the day commissioned the befitting edifice. Other notable guests at the event were - the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for ACPN, Dr. UNO Uwaga; the Managing Director of Healthplus, Pharm. Bukky George, and a host of former presidents of different pharmaceutical bodies. Pharm. Ahmed I. Yakasai, the PSN president stated that it was a thing of joy for him to see this development come to light. He said that he i
ACPN Expresses High Hopes as New NAFDAC D.G Begins Work.

ACPN Expresses High Hopes as New NAFDAC D.G Begins Work.

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The ACPN National Chairman, Dr. Albert Kelong Alkali has expressed high hopes for the health sector as new NAFDAC Director-General emerges from the pharmaceutical fold. Dr. Alkali made this known at the 2017 Community Pharmacists Education Conference (Lagos State Chapter), which held recently at NECA House, Ikeja. The ACPN National Chairman applauded the decision of the Federal government in appointing Prof. Moji Adeyeye as the new Director–General of NAFDAC, stating that they have appointed a competent person as she is a pharmacist, and “the best person to do the job.” In an interview granted to journalists, Dr. Alkali made his high expectations for the new D.G known. He said that the association has paid her a courtesy call and have rubbed minds with her on what is expected. According
35th Annual ACPN Conference – Developing Manpower: Adopting Global Best Practices

35th Annual ACPN Conference – Developing Manpower: Adopting Global Best Practices

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The 35th annual conference of the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN) was without gain-saying, a huge success. The epoch making event tagged “Coal City 2016” was one that had participants and delegates from across the country in attendance. They all converged in a bid to discuss issues that bordered on the pharmacy profession and the way forward in ensuring a better practice of the profession, for the betterment of the Nigerian state and the health of her people in the long run. The conference themed “Man Power Development in Community Pharmacy Practice – Adopting Global Best Practice” kicked off on the 29th of May, and ran through the 3rd of June 2016. It had the crème de la crème of the society in attendance - who performed vital roles in making the 5-day programme an
Pharmacy Profession Now More Patient Centered-Pharm.Alkali

Pharmacy Profession Now More Patient Centered-Pharm.Alkali

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Dr. Albert Kelong Alkali is the National Chairman of the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN); recently PharmaTimes engaged him in an exclusive media chat during which he elaborated on a number of issues pertaining to the pharmaceutical industry as well as the health sector in general. The Editor, MORGAN NWANGUMA gives us excerpts from the discussions. Recently the country joined the rest of the world to mark World Cancer Day; what is the body of pharmacists in Nigeria doing about this dreaded disease that is ravaging the world? Is there hope of a cure for cancer? Most of the cancer cases we see are actually preventable; most of the work we are doing now involves advocacy campaigns to enlighten the general populace to see the need to go for vaccinations. Take for exampl...
We Need a Harmonised Prescription Format – Pharm. Abiola Paul-Ozieh

We Need a Harmonised Prescription Format – Pharm. Abiola Paul-Ozieh

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By Victoria Haruna Pharm. Abiola Paul-Ozieh, ACPN Lagos State Chairman, at the 2015 Community Pharmacists Education conference held in Lagos in December, appealed to the Ministry of Health to collaborate with the different Health bodies in harmonising the health sector. She said the Ministry of Health has under it a number of practitioners and professionals with different council bodies; all of these councils, she said ought to come together and present a prescription template to the government. Paul-Ozieh stated that this is the method drug prescriptions should be followed. She said also that presently everyone does whatever they like, and that at the end of the day there are no prescriptions at the community end, adding that even when you get one, it is impossible to verify who has...