As community pharmacists in the country under the aegis of the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN), are preparing towards their 36th Annual National Conference tagged ‘Jos City 2017’, which will hold in Jos, Plateau State from Sunday 2 July to Friday 7 July 2017, the national chairman of the association, Pharm. (Dr) Albert Kelong Alkali, has assured members across the country to look forward to a conference like never before in the history of the association.
The national chairman while speaking with Pharmanews in an exclusive interview in his office in Lagos recently expressed his gratitude to God for making the association witness another conference year, saying the conference will be his second as the national chairman of the association.
In his words: “On behalf of the National Executive Council (NEC), the Conference Planning Committee (CPC) and the entire membership of the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN, I am delighted to invite all the delegates, guests, sponsors and exhibitors to Jos, Plateau State for the 36th Annual National Conference that commence on Sunday, 2th July, 2017 and ends Friday 7th July, 2017.”
According to Alkali, a fellow of the West Africa Postgraduate College of Pharmacists (WAPCP), the next conference promises to be at par with conferences of international standard in terms of friendlier and stress-free online registration, spacious exhibition stands, educative programmes, leisure and side attractions, serene environment, hospitality at its peak as well as well befitting accommodation, among others.
Speaking further, the nation’s number one community pharmacist added that the conference which will hold at the Eliel Centre Limited, Gold and Base, Jos, Plateau State with the theme “Community Pharmacists Role in Nation Building: Past, Present and Future” and other sub themes will be a well-planned and better improved conference, adding that members across the nation should look forward to a conference that will surpass every other ones in the past in term of planning, logistics, programmes and organization.
Speaking on the motive behind the theme, the ACPN boss said the theme was carefully chosen so that the community pharmacists could see themselves contributing to the greatness of Nigeria, saying in most cases, they carry out their practice without realising that in those little things they do, they contribute immensely to the growth and well-being of Nigeria as a country.
“We want members to know that what they do at every point in time contribute to the well-being of the nation because a healthy nation is a wealthy nation, and once the nation is not healthy, the human capital will be down, the productivity level will be down, so we aim to build a strong nation and that can only be done when people are healthy.”