Pharm. (Mrs) Funmilayo Caroline Oluwatimilehin, an avid clinician and administrator, is the director of pharmaceutical services, Federal Medical Centre, Owo, Ondo State.
Born in Akure, Ondo State, on 24 October, 1963, Oluwatimilehin hails from Oyan, in Odo-Otin Local Government, Osun State. She had her early education at Yejide Girls Grammar School, Ibadan, Oyo State; and later, St George’s English School, Rome, Italy.
She returned to Nigeria in 1980, having obtained her London GCE ‘O’ Level Certificate. She subsequently proceeded to the University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University, where she obtained her B. Pharm degree in 1986. She did her internship at the Ondo State Specialist Hospital, Ado-Ekiti.
A dedicated hospital pharmacist and supervisor at the West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists (WAPCP), Oluwatimilehin has got several other qualifications, which have significantly contributed to the advancement of her career. These include Pharm.D, from the University of Benin, Edo State (2018); Fellowship of WAPCP (2004); and a Postgraduate Certificate in Health Planning and Management, from the University of Benin (2001).
An enthusiastic traveller and philanthropist, Oluwatimilehin has attended several professional seminars and workshops locally and globally. These equipped her with knowledge to make tremendous impact on pharmacy practice in her domain, Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Owo, through different initiatives; as well as on her students at the WAPCP.
Under her leadership, the pharmacy management team was, in 2007, able to convince the management of FMC Owo to construct counselling rooms at the General Out-Patient Department (GOPD) Pharmacy, so that pharmacists and patients can have a one-on-one relationship.
Aside from her roles at FMC Owo, Oluwatimilehin has served the pharmacy profession in numerous capacities. She was the secretary, Association of Hospital and Administrative Pharmacists of Nigeria (AHAPN), Ondo State (1991–1999); chairman, AHAPN, Ondo State (1999–2006); chairman, PSN, Ondo State (2006–2009). She was also chairman, Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the 12th Annual National Conference of AHAPN, Akure, Ondo State (2010); chairman, Ondo State PSN 2013 World Pharmacists Day/ Pharmacists Capacity Building Training Workshop; chairman, ACPN National LOC Entertainment/ Gala Night Committee (2015); Ondo State coordinator for PSN Board of Fellows (2017 to date); and chairperson, Conference Planning Committee, AHAPN National Conference, Ilorin, Kwara State (2021).
In recognition of her meritorious services, she has received several awards and honours to her credit. These include the AHAPN Distinguished Service Award (DSA); Ondo PSN Merit Award; Pfizer/PSN National Award of Excellence; the WAPCP Nigeria Charter Award, as well as being a Fellow of the PSN. Dr (Mrs) Oluwatimilehin is a dedicated wife, mother and grandmother.