The Immediate Past Chairman of the Association of Hospital and Administrative Pharmacists of Nigeria (AHAPN), Pharm. (Dr) Kingsley Amibor, and National Chairman, Clinical Pharmacists Association of Nigeria (CPAN), Pharm. (Dr) Joseph Madu, have won the prestigious Pfizer Excellence Award in hospital pharmacy practice and community pharmacy practice respectively.
The Pfizer Excellence Award, which was won by seven pharmacists from various fields of Pharmacy, also had the National Treasurer, AHAPN, Pharm. (Mrs) Oyinlade Kehinde, hospital pharmacy practice; Pharm. Oluranti Onanuga, hospital pharmacy practice; Pharm. Akinrinola Ibukun Afolabi, hospital pharmacy practice; Adetutu Ajemigbitise, hospital pharmacy practice and Ngozi Ehboh, community pharmacy practice, as winners.
Appreciating the organisers of the award, which came with an award plague and certificate, the winners pledged their loyal commitment to the profession, as they will continue to seek innovative ways of impacting pharmacy.
In his response, Madu, who was selected for the award based on his contributions in the field of community pharmacy, said he dedicated the award to God Almighty, all staff and management of Cedith Pharmaceuticals Port Harcourt.
He expressed his profound appreciation to Pfizer for the rear privilege, to be selected as the winner of the excellence award, saying it serves as a great motivation for him to do more for the profession in the areas of clinical pharmacy and community pharmacy.
For Amibor, it was multiple celebrations of recognitions, as he also bagged Distinguished Service Award from the immediate past PSN President, Pharm. (Mazi) Sam Ohuabunwa, in addition to becoming a Fellow of the Society, all at the just concluded 94th PSN annual conference, held at rivers state, Port Harcourt.
An elated Amibor, who also won at the polls for the position of unofficial member of the PSN new executive, showed his deep gratitude to Pfizer, PSN and his colleagues for the recognitions, as he promised not to let the profession down with all the votes of confidence reposed in him.
He enthused: “dear hospital and administrative pharmacists’ pharmily, I sincerely wish to appreciate you all for my victory at the just concluded PSN elections that saw me emerge as unofficial member. Without your support, that victory would have been impossible. I promise to pursue interests of hospital and administrative pharmacists with renewed vigour. God bless you all”.
In her own response to the recognition, Kehinde said:” I want to say a big thank you to the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria and Pfizer for this prestigious award. This will spur me to immensely contribute more to hospital pharmacy practice in my institution and Nigeria”.
In another award category, pharm. Irene Oseghale, bagged the 4th BASF West Africa – Best Young Female Pharmacist Award 2021, with a cash prize of $1000, while pharm. Oge Nwankuro, and Pharm. Ebere Okoli, emerged first and second runners up respectively.