To mark its 2nd annual international conference, the Nigeria Association of Foreign Trained Pharmacists (NAFTraPH) held an awareness lecture at the Barcelona Hotel International, Wuse 2, Abuja, Nigeria.
The NAFTraPH symposium, which was attended by key stakeholders in the health sector, had in attendance: Minster of Health, Dr Osagie Enahire; Dr Khaliru Alhassan; Pharm. Elijah Mohammed, registrar, Pharmacists Council of Nigeria; Prof. (Mrs) Chinedum Peace Babalola, vice-chancellor, Chrisland University; Dr Obi P. Adigwe, DG/CEO, National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research & Development (NIPRD); Prof. Moji C. Adeyeye Director General, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC); Pharm. (Mazi) Sam Ohuabunwa, president, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN); and Dr Leo C. Egbujiobi, former president, Nigerian Association of Pharmacists and Pharmaceutical Scientists in the Americas (NAPPSA).
The NAFTraPH conference was themed: “Non-communicable diseases in Nigeria, the need for timely healthcare and public health professionals’ involvement and interventions”, had participants from the United States of America and Nigeria.
In his welcome remarks, Dr John C. Ejezie, NAFTraPH president, said the association has come a long way in fulfilling the vision of its founders, who are the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Orientation Program (FPGOP) Class of 2012 at the University of Ibadan.
He acknowledged the major role played by Professor (Mrs) Chinedum P. Babalola in assisting the Class of 2012 actualize the dream of forming and officially registering the association.
He further recalled Babalola’s remarks on the association, noting she said that “the association is a unifying organization for all foreign trained pharmacists (NAFTraPH) to enable us harness and leverage on our abilities and potentials to improve on the healthcare needs of our people and communities, especially, in the areas of pharmaceutical care, regardless of pharmacy practice areas.
“She also stated that the group is synonymous with the proverbial melting pot, noting that where unique training experiences are amalgamated to produce synergistic outcomes”.
Speaking on the theme of the conference Ejezie explained that as much as people would want to contain communicable diseases, non-communicable diseases; most heart diseases, diabetes, chronic kidney diseases, etc., have continued to pose real public health challenges.
He maintained that NAFTraPH have members that are well trained to identify some of these diseases and refer patients to physicians or hospitals, where they can access care, especially community pharmacy or even healthcare facility, or pharmacy practitioners.He said that quality patient care is now a requirement and the norm in most healthcare systems around the world, and a re-imbursement criterion.
“In the words of the Minister of Health, Hon. Dr Osagie E. Ehanire, during 2019 NAPPSA Conference in the USA, ‘it is not about any of the healthcare professionals, but about the patient’”, he quoted.
Admonishing the pharmacists, the NAFTraPH president said “Understanding that we can do more as healthcare professionals, regardless of discipline or professional affiliations is very critical to the overall patients’ health outcomes. Please, let us join hands”.