The Association of Community Pharmacists (ACPN) Lagos State Branch has joined the rest of world to celebrate the World Pharmacists Day with the theme, “Pharmacists are your medicine experts”. This year’s theme was geared towards creating public awareness and answering questions about “who the pharmacist is”. In her opening remarks at the occasion which was held at the Ifako Mini stadium Pharm Mrs Bukola Oyetunde , the keynote speaker and HOD Clinical Pharmacy Department of the University of Lagos disclosed that pharmacists are trained health care professionals who are equipped with gained knowledge in school and practice. She stated that drugs are poison and urged Nigerians to always consult with their pharmacists before taking any dosage. Also speaking Pharm Olabanji Obideyi, the
Pharmacists are medication experts whose eventual aim is to care about the health of their patients and lead them to full recovery. And so the most important goal of pharmaceutical care is to accomplish positive results from the use of medication which improves the quality of life of every patient with minimum risk. Pharmacists by their professional calling are dedicated to ensuring that disease is cured, symptoms are either eliminated or substantially reduced, an ailment is arrested or at worse its process slowed down. Also, the pharmacist is saddled with the responsibility of preventing disease, diagnosing disease as well as altering physiological processes for desirable result in the patient’s health. All over the world the pharmacist is known to be about the most accessible (health)
Health workers under the aegis of Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU)/ Assembly of Health Professional Associations (AHPA) are still in talks with the government over unresolved industrial dispute and may go on strike anytime. PSN is a member of JOHESU. Where do you stand in the various welfare agitations of health workers in Nigeria? We wish to appeal to the President Muhammadu Buhari led federal government to give immediate attention to the clamours of health workers including pharmacists to redress some pressing welfare demands. These demands include: Immediate release of the circular on adjustment of the Consolidated Health workers Salary Scale (CONHESS) by the Salaries and Wages Commission (SWC); full payment of balance of arrears of the skipping of CONHESS 10 which remains out...
As the issue regarding Internship programme for Pharmacy graduates heats up, some major stakeholders have continued to spearhead the debate canvassing for an enduring resolution. In a chat with health editor, MORGAN NWANGUMA, the National Vice Chairman of the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN), Pharm. Samuel O. Adekola, elaborated on the crux of the matter. What are your feelings concerning fresh pharmacy graduates in relation to the prevailing Internship programme; what is the cause of the big row? There are so many pharmacy graduates who have been out of school and they are not able to find a place to go for their internship; some have found themselves sitting at home for a number of years without finding placement. And the consequences ar