The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Kwara State Chapter has pledged to support the State Hospital Management Bureau in repositioning the healthcare system across the 16 local government areas of the state.
Pharmacists in the state made the promise to the newly appointed Executive Secretary of the Board, Dr Abdulraheem Malik, during their courtesy visit to him, as they described him as a hard-working pharmacist, who is dedicated and passionate about the health of Kwara citizens.
Pharm. Adejuwon Otelaja, the chairman, of Kwara State PSN, who was represented by his deputy, Pharm. Mohammed Papa-Malik, noted that the actions of the Executive Secretary in returning to his root from the diaspora to contribute his quota in the health sector are commendable.
Also speaking, Pharm. Mojeed Ojerinde, the former chairman, of PSN, asserted that the PSN will give the maximum support to the Board in ensuring that the administration of Governor Abdulrahaman Abdulrazak, achieved the set objectives in revamping the health sector across the state.
He advised the Executive Secretary to be a worthy ambassador of the Pharmacy profession and reposition the healthcare system in the state.
In his reaction, the Executive Secretary commended the PSN for the goodwill, adding that he needs all the support he can get from his constituent.
He explained that the state government is passionate about repositioning the health sector, adding that through communal efforts, much progress will be achieved in the provision of healthcare.
Malik pledged that the Board will also ensure necessary changes that will be beneficial to the progress of hospitals and will be executed for maximum efficiency.
In her goodwill message, Hajia Aduke Kuranga, the former commissioner of Health in Kwara expressed joy and optimism that Malik will bring his expertise on board and make a difference in the health system of the state.
She recalled that Kwara was used as a case study by another state especially in the area of the Essential Drug Programme, adding that various states came to understudy the programme.
Kuranga expressed hope that such initiatives as the Quality Control Laboratory for analysis of drugs should be revived.
Also speaking, Dr Sa’ad Abdullahi, the acting dean of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences of the University of Ilorin, appealed to the Executive Secretary for students of the university internship programmes, to be included at the general hospital.
He explained that currently, the university is offering PharmD programme, adding that from the 500 level to 600 levels, students of Pharmacy will be expected to undertake their clinical.