The Association of Hospital and Administrative Pharmacists of Nigeria (AHAPN) has called on healthcare workers to work assiduously towards achieving the triple healthcare delivery goals of increasing quality of care, reducing cost of care and making services available.
The association also solicited the support of government and other stakeholders in the healthcare sector towards facilitating change in clinical and business models of practice, while equally calling for better collaboration and team spirit among the various categories of healthcare professionals in the country.
The calls were made at the recently concluded 19th annual national conference of the association held at the Welcome Centre &Hotels, Airport Road, Ikeja, Lagos.
The conference, which was declared opened by the Executive Governor of Lagos State, Mr Akinwumi Ambode, represented by the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Health, Dr Modele Osunkiyesi, had in attendance other dignitaries, including Professor Fola Tayo (conference chairman); Pharm. Ahmed Yakasai, president, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN); Pharm N.A.E. Mohammed, registrar, Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN); HRH Oba Rilwan Osuolale Akiolu of Lagos, represented by two royal fathers; Dr (Mrs) Monsurat Oyenekan, commissioner 1, Lagos State Health Services Commission; Dr (Mrs) Tokunbo Oluwole, commissioner 2, Lagos State Health Services Commission; and Otunba Seun Oshinkoya, commissioner 3, Lagos State Health Services Commission.
The hospital pharmacists, in their resolution, lauded the satellite pharmacy initiative as enunciated by the PCN and strongly recommended its implementation.
Describing the concept as a sure catalyst for the provision of quality pharmaceutical products and services in underserved areas in Nigeria, the association noted that it will guarantee the realisation of the much talked about universal health coverage.
While delivering the keynote address, Pharm Emmanuel C. Abolo, dean, Rova College of Healthcare Executives, Abuja, charged pharmacists to make themselves relevant by creating value in the healthcare system, noting that value creation is not optional but mandatory for them.
Obolo who spoke on the theme, “Hospital and Administrative Pharmacists and National Development” emphasised the need for the delegates to upgrade their skills.
While noting that the healthcare system is going through a strategic inflection point, the Rova College boss warned that if hospital pharmacists do not improve on their practice, they may lose relevance in the system.
He further reminded the participants about the evolving nature of medicine and patient information, noting that the practice had moved from intuition medicine to empirical medicine and now precision medicine, and as such, pharmacists must also endeavour not to be left out of the evolution.
To stay abreast of advances in healthcare delivery, Abolo urged hospital pharmacists to think beyond boundaries, embrace a paradigm shift, re-imagine hospital and administrative practice and re-imagine healthcare.
Chairman of the occasion, Professor Fola Tayo explained the importance of lobbying in a democracy to the participants, noting that with nothing much gets done without lobbying.
“Stop crying and start lobbying”, he said
He however warned pharmacists against corruption while lobbying, assuring them of the availability of veterans like him for consultation and advice on getting ahead in their professional practice and aspirations.