Last Wednesday, Nigerians rolled out their drums and clicked their glasses to mark the nation’s 54th Independence. National president of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Olumide Akintayo, took a swipe at the health sector during a media chat with journalists. CHIOMA UMEHA (HEALTH EDITOR ) was there.
OUR REF: 2014/168/NS/INNO/PSN
September 18, 2014
Dr Carmen Peña
International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP),
Jan van Goyenkade 11,
1075 HP Amsterdam,
On behalf of the President in Council, Pharm. Olumide Akintayo, FPSN, FPCPharm, FNAPharm, and the entire membership of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), we wish to congratulate you for your well deserved election as the President of International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP).
• Want residency programme for other health workers
PHARMACISTS under the aegis of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) have commended the Federal Government over its efforts to control the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) even as they called for total re-organization of the residency programme for doctors.
President PSN, Olumide Akintayo, in a letter to President Goodluck Jonathan dated August 21, 2014 and titled “Re-organization of residency programmes for health professionals in federal health institutions” said there is a need for residency programmes in Pharmacy, Laboratory Science, Nursing, Radiography, Physiotherapy and others to address the myriad of complexities that are emerging in public health.
The pharmacists appealed that specific directives are given to the Federal Ministry of Health to create the platform of a representative committee of all health professionals, which would be led by the Permanent Secretary or other skilled administrator to guarantee an unbiased output in the best interest of consumers of health in Nigeria.
The Letter reads: “… The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria finds it necessary to commend the Federal Government for its laudable efforts to contain the spread of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) through proactive measures anchored by the Federal Ministry of Health. It is impressive that the output of the Federal Government is yielding dividends as fatality rate in Nigeria is about 50 per cent compared to a global average of 90 per cent.
•Say, they need to access fund for disease
Pix: Some members of West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists (WAPCP) during this year’s conference.
Worried by the present emergency health situation in the country, Pharmacists under the aegis of Faculty of Community Pharmacy of the West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists (WAPCP) in collaboration with the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN) has rolled out guidelines that will fast-track efforts to contain the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) and avert an epidemic in the country.
The rules which were made available to Daily Newswatch on Tuesday are fallout of the communiqué issued after a seminar which was organised by the Faculty of Community Pharmacy of the WAPCP in collaboration with ACPN on Tuesday, at Yaba, Lagos under the Chairmanship of Pharm. Azubuike B. Okwor.
The seminar with the theme: “Ebola Virus Disease – Harmonizing Pharmacists Response,” is in line with the national response and the pledge of pharmacists to contribute in the effort to stop the spread of EVD in the country.