Pharm. Olumide Akintayo, PSN president and Pharm. Azubike Okwor, immediate past president of PSN, during the presidential inauguration ceremony and investiture of new fellows of PSN, held at Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos, recently.
The fellowship ceremonies formed part of the inaugural rites for the induction of a new National President of the society, Mr. Olumide Akintayo which took place in Lagos, 25th March, 2013.
The theme of this year’s inauguration is “Repositioning the Pharmacy Profession: The Roles of Fellows”
Nigerian healthcare professionals have been called upon to discard the spate of competition, confrontation and distrust in the health sector and embrace the spirit of collaboration, consultation and cooperation among one another in the interest of the health consuming public.
President, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, PSN, Pharm. Olumide Akintayo, who gave the remark weekend during his inaugural lecture at the Shell Hall, Muson Centre, Lagos, lamented there was too much competition, confrontation and distrust in the health sector.
“Professions exist to serve Society, therefore our mission as pharmacists must address the needs of Society, our duty is to work and ensure that the added value we bring to healthcare and our potentials are taken into account and respected by policy makers and other health professionals. We note here that there is a lot of competition, confrontation and distrust in the health sector,” he declared
Recognising the position of pharmacists as experts in medicines, he said pharmacists have always been known as an accessible and trusted source of advice and treatment. “Today, our contribution to healthcare is developing in new ways to support patients in their use of medicines and as part of the clinical decision making across the range of ailments.
Further, the PSN President said the situation must give way for collaboration, consultation, cooperation in the interest of the health consuming public.
“We must open our hearts and minds to allow the team concept to rule our worlds in healthcare delivery. There is no doubt that the cost of fighting against disease and preserving health will continue to increase in spite of constant control and intervention.
There are manifold reasons and benefits for wishing to create a genuine cooperation between pharmacists and other healthcare providers. Pharmacists will therefore provide leadership to ensure unity among all the stakeholders in healthcare delivery.
Akintayo said in community pharmacy practice, practitioners will be encouraged to begin to exploit opportunities in maternal and child mortality, while hospital practice is stabilised.
“The feeling you get is that in Nigeria, we are loosing our sense of destiny. Nigeria is becoming Africa’s greatest contradiction while also the continent’s greatest hope and danger.My hope is that someday, even in my generation someone will emerge to harness the energy that makes Nigeria a potentially dynamic nation.