The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) has urged pharmacists in the country to embrace technology in their quest to improve their practice and health care delivery in the country.
The PSN president, Pharm. Ahmed Yakasai, gave this charge while speaking with newsmen during a one-day workshop themed: convergence of Technology & Impact on Pharmacetical Practice, organised by the PSN Education Committee and held in Ikeja, Lagos, recently.
According to Pharm. Yakasai, the PSN Education Committee workshop was organised to explore advantages of technology and how it can help to improve pharmacy practice in the country, adding that bringing all the technical and interest groups in pharmacy to make presentations at the workshop was also to ensure that all pharmacists are on the same page and working together on the use of technology for the benefit of the profession.
Technology, Pharm. Yakasai, said will help pharmacists to ensure not just good pharmacy practice (GMP), but also ensure good drug distribution and combat the nefarious sale of fake and counterfeit medicines.
The PSN helmsman stressed further that pharmacists must embrace the current digital revolution and the use of technology to help patients get better pharmaceutical care, adding that there are digital opportunities for pharmacists to help serve their patients better.
Also speaking at the event, Prof. (Mrs) Cecilia Igwilo, chairman, PSN Education Committee reiterated that pharmacists cannot afford not to embrace technology in their practice because that is the trend the world over right now, adding that with technology, pharmacists will be able to perform better and contribute more to healthcare delivery.
Prof. Igwilo explained further that the committee is working to ensure that the all pharmacists irrespective of their area of practice continue to embrace technology adding that the education committee has developed an IT platform that all stakeholders will be connected to.Amongst the dignitaries at the event were Pharm. (Sir) Ifeanyi Atueyi, managing director, Pharmanews Limited; Pharm. Olumide Akintayo, immediate past president, PSN and Pharm. N.A.E Mohammed, registrar, Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PSN).