– says specialisation is the future of pharmacy practice
Pharmacists in the country have been urged to embrace specialisation in order to consistently give their best as key members of the health team and continue to make invaluable contributions to healthcare delivery.
This call was made recently by Pharm. Modupe Oyawole, a clinical pharmacist and assistant director, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), while speaking with Pharmanews in an exclusive interview at The Civil Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos.
Pharm. Oyawole who was part of the team that carried out a successful kidney transplant operation at LASUTH, two years ago, said pharmacists must specialise by focusing on a particular disease state or area of care and be the best in it because that is the future of pharmacy practice.
Pharmacists, especially those working in hospital settings, she said, cannot afford to be Jacks-of-all-trade-and-masters-of-none, adding that they must be experts on specific areas of care with extensive knowledge on drugs and appropriate medication for such specialties.
This, she said, is the only way they can make themselves indispensable members of the health team who people can rely on for advice based on the special knowledge they have.
Oyawole, a Fellow of the West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists (WAPCP), with specialty in drugs for nephrology, stated further that she had been encouraging other pharmacists to specialise, disclosing that there are now pharmacists at LASUTH focusing on medications for respiratory and cardiology conditions as well as emergency medicines.
She equally called for better collaboration amongst professionals in the health sector, noting that it is when all the care givers brings their expertise together and work as a team that the patient who is the focal point of all the efforts can get the best care. “I am an advocate of team work and as I have always said, it is when all the care providers work together as a team that we can get the best result for the patient,” she reiterated.
On the present cost of kidney transplant, Pharm. Oyawole disclosed that kidney transplant at LASUTH costs about eight million naira compared to about 12 million in some other centres because the procedure is subsidised by the government.
She added that this cost includes about 2.3 million for anti-rejection drugs and other medications the patient will take for about three months after the operation.
The LASUTH kidney transplant, she said, depends on patients getting kidney donors who are their family members because this makes Tissue Typing matching easier and guarantees better outcomes.