Meningitis: Death Toll Worries Community Pharmacists
… Accuse FG of neglect
The Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN) has expressed concern over the high death toll so far recorded this year following the outbreak of Cerebra Spinal Meningitis in some parts of the country, saying the government should be more proactive next time to avoid a similar outbreak.
The national chairman of the association, Dr. Albert Kelong Alkali, made the call at their national secretariat recently during a press briefing to announce the forthcoming national conference of the association holding in Jos City, Plateau State from July 2 to July 7, 2017, stating that Federal Ministry of Health should as a matter of urgency expand the vaccination centres to include community pharmacies and make adequate provisions for vaccines in all health centres across the nation.
Kelong further noted that there is the need for the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) to be functional and work with the various states health insurance schemes to guarantee effective service delivery to enrollees by all healthcare providers.