-As Atueyi, Fola Tayo, others praise founder for dedication to professional practice
Distinguished healthcare practitioners among whom were Prof. Fola Tayo, a WHO consultant; Pharm. (Sir) Ifeanyi Atueyi, managing director, Pharmanews Limited; Prof. Janet Ajuluchukwu, consultant cardiologist at Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) and Prof. Njideka Okubadejo also from LUTH graced the 30th anniversary of Victory Drugs, celebrated last Thursday at Amber Residence, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos.
The memorable anniversary celebration of Victory Drugs based in Festac Town, Lagos and founded by a respected pharmacist, Pharm. (Mrs) Folasade Lawal, was chaired by Sir Atueyi.
The event themed ‘Collaborative Partnership: A Roadmap’ was also used to call attention to the importance of ethical professional practice as well as the need for better collaboration and partnership by all healthcare practitioners to improve healthcare delivery in the country.
Distinguished healthcare practitioners, Professor Okubadejo, Professor Ajuluchukwu and Pharm. (Sir) Anthony Akhimien presented thought-provoking and educative papers on the theme of the anniversary and advocated for better collaboration of caregivers to improve healthcare delivery in the country.
In his welcome remarks, Sir Atueyi congratulated Victory Drugs on its 30th anniversary and praised Pharm. Lawal for her decision to use Victory Drugs anniversary celebration to call attention to the issue of partnership and collaboration in healthcare, noting that the subject is quite topical and relevant.
He reiterated that professionals all over the world are embracing collaboration to ensure they serve their patients better, adding that healthcare practitioners in Nigeria need to work together in the interest of better healthcare delivery and patients.
“It is a wave that is blowing across all sectors of healthcare that we have to embrace. If we do so, pharmacists, medical doctors, nurses and other healthcare practitioners will be able to make their contributions to help the patient and will be happy doing so. I want all of us to inculcate that spirit of partnership,” Sir Atueyi said.
Speaking in the same vein, Prof Fola Tayo who was father of the day at the memorable event praised Pharm. Lawal for her decision to have a discourse on collaborative healthcare to mark the 30th anniversary of Victory Drugs, noting that she was helping to lay a good foundation for a purpose driven healthcare delivery in the country.
The distinguished scholar stated further that it was important to continue to communicate the need for all healthcare practitioners to work together to get better result, adding that at the end of the day, it is the patient that is important.
She congratulated Pharm. Lawal and described her as an exceptional and dedicated professional who though was his student in clinical pharmacy years back but has today become a dear daughter.
“I as your teacher have learnt a lot from you as every word from your mouth is wisdom and I on behalf of my wife and children congratulate you,” Prof. Tayo said.
Speaking at the event, Pharm. Lawal who traced the genesis of the company to her desire to make a difference in ethical pharmaceutical service in community practice thanked all those who have supported her vision, noting that even though it was not easy she has remained undaunted in her resolve that things can be done right and professionally.