It is a great honour and privilege for me to convey the felicitations and best wishes of NEC, Council and entire membership of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) to the members of ACPN on this auspicious occasion of the 35th Annual National Conference of our numero uno association holding here in Enugu.
I wish to particularly pour encomiums on the forebears of our profession especially in the community practice for the giant strides already attained by ACPN in recent years.
Pharmacists are the third largest health professionals but community pharmacy is the gateway to health for the majority of care seekers all over the world. Severally, it has been proven that pharmacists are a bunch of highly meticulous and futuristic professional who are ceaselessly committed to excellence in discharge of their roles which have evolved over decades from the traditional medicines preparation, production and distribution to include pharmaceutical care, point of care testing, advocacy for diseases prevention, medication use reviews, medication therapy management, medicines adherence promotion, pharmacovigilance, medicines information services among others.
ACPN 2Events such as this provide opportunities for stock taking and strategic planning for the future and is the reason why I am thrilled with the choice of this year conference theme ‘Manpower Development in Community Pharmacy Practice: Adopting Global Best Practices’. Pharmacists and other personnel in the pharmacy are required to have appropriate qualifications, skills and competence to enable delivery of their role in clinical and public health services.
The public greatly values the fact that they don’t need to book appointment to see a pharmacist. Location accessibility and long opening hours is also seen as a significant benefit to the public. Community pharmacy services can play important role in enabling self care particularly in long term conditions, treatment of minor ailments, triage, appropriate signposting and referral of serious disease conditions to health and social care services. It is therefore imperative that community pharmacists must avail themselves of so many capacity development programmes to enhance their relevance as primary health care providers.
To meet the ever changing needs of the public the PSN is ready to continue to partner with ACPN and regulatory authorities like PCN, NAFDAC and others to strengthen pharmacy practice especially in the community. We are seeking the buying-in of our colleagues to reshape our profession in Nigeria through the following efforts:
Review of the Pharmacy laws to enable the PCN performs its regulatory function effectively by eradicating charlatans and illegal drug traders.
Liaising with PCN to establish satellite pharmacy concept with appropriate legal framework to deepen and widen the reach of community pharmacy in the underserved areas.
Establishment of Medicines Information Centre at the National Secretariat with full backing of the UK medicines information that is expected to offer unbiased information services in a multidisciplinary settings.
Arrangements is being work out to provide $4Million intervention fund that would be disburse to aspiring and enterprising pharmacists young and old who are intending to establish and operate their own pharmacy.
Distinguish colleagues, I want to enjoined you to explore the social and leisure that a conference of this magnitude is set to offer in a beautiful city of Enugu for your maximum relaxation and enjoyment.
On a final note, let me also use this medium to personally invite you to 89th Annual National Conference of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria later in the month of November(7-12) tagged ‘POWER STATE 2016” in Minna, Niger State. I want to assure you that PSN and good hospitable people of Niger State are eagerly awaiting your coming.
Thank you and God bless you all.
Pharm. Ahmed I. Yakasai, FPSN, FNAPharm, FNIM
President, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria(PSN).
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