No fewer than 229 candidates showed up on Sunday, 15 July 2018, at the University of Benin (UNIBEN) for the one-week clerkship training programme of the special PharmD.
Addressing participants at the opening ceremony which held at the Senate building of the school, Pharm. N.A.E Mohammed, registrar, Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) explained that the programme is a call to duty to move pharmacy to the next level.
“Dear colleagues, I salute your determination and strong will to make the programme work. Let us see our effort as sacrifice to our dear profession. As you all know, the special PharmD programme started in February 2018 and it is progressing as scheduled,” he said.
The PCN registrar expressed appreciation to the team of facilitators from the Nigerian Association of Pharmacists and Pharmaceutical Scientists in the Americas (NAPPSA) who have volunteered despite their busy schedules to travel to UNIBEN as instructors and resource persons for the clerkship programme.
“I don’t know where we would have been today in pharmacy profession in Nigeria if not for the strong support of NAPPSA leadership. I wish to specially thank Dr Teresa Pounds, who as chairperson of NAPPSA Education Committee, took up the PharmD issue in Nigeria, making personal sacrifice to date.
“I wish to place it on record that her coordination of the clerkship training programme is at no fee. I want to also thank our own Pharm. Bruno Nwankwo and Prof. A. O. Okhamafe, whom we all refer to as Father of PharmD in Nigeria,” he applauded.
Mohammed noted further that the diverse responsibilities every facilitator and stakeholder have shouldered in ensuring the successful transition of B.Pharm to PharmD within the period under review would remain indelible in the history of PharmD in Nigeria.
In a related development, Dr Leo Egbujiobi, president, NAPPSA remarked that he was highly impressed with the turnout of 229 pharmacists drawn from the different arms of the profession.
The NAPPSA president was hopeful that for as long as they have shown commitment, they would be the better for it.
“This is because the more you learn, the better you become,” he stressed.
Dr Teresa Pound, clinical assistant professor, Marcos University seemed to concur with his assertion when she also noted that as a preceptor, their roles would be seen in the light of a teacher, facilitator, coach and a role model.
Other high profile dignitaries in attendance were Pharm. Vern Ohaya, managing director, Trustee Drugs; Pharm. Bruno Nwankwo, former chairman, PCN board; Prof. John Akerele, dean, UNIBEN Faculty of Pharmacy; Dr (Mrs) Uche Ndefo, associate professor of Pharmacy practice; Prof. Mbang Femi-Oyewo, former dean, Faculty of Pharmacy, Olabisi Onabanjo Univeristy (OOU); Dr (Mrs) Pamela Moye-Dikerson, clinical associate professor of Pharmacy Practice; Prof. Patrick Erah, Special PharmD programme coordinator and Dr (Mrs) Kate Okpukpara, clinical pharmacist AMC.