– As NAPA Holds 21st Scientific Conference
Former President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Pharm. Ahmed Yakasai, has charged all pharmacists in Nigeria to collaborate with other healthcare workers so as to deliver quality healthcare service to Nigerians.
Yakasai made the call recently at the 21st Annual Scientific Conference of the Nigeria Association of Pharmacists in Academia (NAPA).
The former PSN President, who was the chairman of the occasion said in his remarks that pharmacists across the country need to work together, saying that is the only way transformation can come into the pharmaceutical industry.
Yakasai, who is the Kachalla of Kano, pointed out that the industry stands a better chance when there is unity. He said, “Together we can do more and take the industry forward”.
The National Chairman of NAPA, Dr Ezekiel Akinkunmi, in his speech said the aim of the conference was to see every pharmacist work together, adding that the goal of solving many challenges in the industry can only be achieved through collaboration.
In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor, University of Ilorin, Prof. Wahab Olasupo Egbewole (SAN) who was represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academics, Prof. Olubunmi Abayomi Omotesho, said the world is going on collaboration and pharmacists must do the same. According to him, collaboration will take the Pharmacy profession to a greater height.
While speaking in her keynote address, the keynote speaker at the event, Prof. Olukemi Abiodun Odukoya, pointed out that the need for all pharmacists in the country to work together has become necessary more than ever before in view of the fact that the Nigeria health sector requires that every health workers must work together optimally.
She reiterated that there is an urgent need for pharmacists in academia and those in the industry, hospital, and community practice to collaborate to fight for one common goal which is good health for all citizens in the country.
She said “In all, we need to collaborate. A house that is divided against itself cannot stand. The time to merge the gown with the town is now. We must be a team and as a team, we must unite. A truly effective teamwork always stands out.
“There is also a need for adequate communication. It is through effective adequate communication that we can talk about how to bridge the gap. Pharmacists should also be part of the larger initiative to improve public health, particularly to reach the target Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of improving health”.
The event was also graced by PSN President, Professor Cyril Usifoh as well as the Registrar, Pharmacy Council of Nigeria (PCN), Pharm. Babashehu Ahmed among others.