– Pledges commitment to collaboration to deepen cordial relationship
The leadership of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) have restated their commitment to ensure there is harmony among healthcare professionals in the country.
The two professional groups made this pledge on Wednesday while speaking with newsmen at the Pharmacy House, Lagos, when the leadership of the NMA led by its President, Prof. Mike Ogirima , paid a working visit to the corporate head office of the PSN in Anthony, Lagos.
Speaking at the occasion, Prof. Ogirima stated that the mission of the NMA was to tell the whole world that pharmacists and doctors are one, adding that the two professionals should work together in harmony for the good of patients.
The NMA boss said that the trend all over the world right now is that healthcare practitioners are collaborating to serve the patients better, stressing that health professionals in Nigeria can therefore not afford to continue to allow a dichotomy that frequently causes disharmony.
“We must come together and work together in harmony so that our patients can derive benefit of that harmony,” Prof. Ogirima said.
Also speaking at the occasion, Pharm. Ahmed Yakasai, president, PSN, expressed his happiness with the visit of the NMA leadership, noting that the visit is a futher proof that the cordial relationship among healthcare professionals that the doctors and pharmacists saw in Las Vegas, USA, last year, can be replicated in the country.
He commended the NMA president for his commitment to enhancing the spirit of teamwork among healthcare professionals, noting that the NMA boss since his assumption of office has consistently demonstrated his dedication to ensuring there is mutual respect for all members of the health team making invaluable contributions to healthcare delivery in Nigeria.
Pharm. Yakasai stated further that the PSN Inter-professional Committee will work with the inter-
professional committee set up by the NMA to further deepen the cordial relationship now existing between the two professionals in the country.
Amongst the dignitaries at the occasion were Pharm. (Sir) Ifeanyi Atueyi, chairman, PSN Inter-professional Committee; Pharm. Paul Enebeli, a fellow of PSN; Pharm. Gbolagade Iyiola, national secretary, PSN and Dr Odusote Olumuyiwa Peter, chairman, NMA, Lagos State branch.