Published On: Fri, Jul 21st, 2017

PCN Constitutes Adhoc Committee on Internship Placement

Following the brouhaha over the central placement of medical interns at the detriment of allied health sciences’ students, the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) has set up an Adhoc committee to deliberate on the matter.

According to the Facebook post of the PSN President, Pharm. Ahmed Yakasai, the committee comprising all the technical arms of the PSN, except AHAPN, was established on Thursday, 20 July 2017, at the PCN Headquarters, Abuja.

The group, which is headed by the former PSN President, Pharm. Yaro Budah, FPSN, is made up of PSN, PMGMAN, APIN, ACPN, NAIP, NAPA AND PHARMALLIANCE .The committee was saddled with the responsibility of  brainstorming on how to address the challenges of internship placement for pharmacy graduates in Nigeria.

Members of the Adhoc Committee in a group photograph after the inauguration in Abuja

Meanwhile, the development has generated positive reactions on Social Media particularly on Facebook, as many pharmacists have described it as a timely intervention and welcome development.

Below are some of their comments:

AMuhammad Ashiru :  Well-done sir! The PCN and the PSN must take a bold step to fix this challenge as a matter of urgency. Many young pharmacy graduates are frustrated about the profession before even starting the practice.

Sulayman Ademola: This is a move in the right direction. I want to suggest that avenues should be  created for suggestions. We should also check other Africa countries, for I have seen many working methods from many Africa countries.

Josephat Esumai:  Well done Mr President, any desperate situation requires a desperate approach. What we should be concerned about is getting these graduates moving on in life rather than how much they will earn as salaries during internship. The economic situation in the country does not offer a lot of choices, so one has to do with ones that are available.

Kingslie Ezeagu:  Hope you are not recommending people should do internship without salary? Just hope that’s not your point.




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  1. Dr Kelly Nwagha, PhD, FPSN says:

    Further to my post, I remembered sometime ago, I read about some products being endorsed by the Nurses and Dentists. What came to my mind is can’t PSN endorse the products under their control to give them some seal of quality. This will enhance our brand visibility a lot. Adverts of pharmaceuticals are controlled by NAFDAC. The companies are controlled by PCN. The big stinker is Can one produce and market what he is not sure and proud of? The answer is a big NO. So these bodies are the first points of endorsements before any other. If you do not say here you are, nobody will know where you are, or at best they place you where they want you to be, and that may not be where you want to be.
    Image publicity is the key.

  2. Dr Kelly Nwagha, PhD, FPSN says:

    But if I must ask,. Must we always fight from behind?
    Where were our colleagues in d ministry when this matter of central placement of medical interns was conceived, deliberated upon and approved.
    Is it not high time we stopped being docile?
    Why must we even drag back or even along when some of our colleagues reliably bring information on some policy issues in health to the PSN and PCN.
    Do we even encourage those who bring forth such information?
    You see, our problems start from those heading various Pharmacy arms. While other professions use their positions in systems that are not even closely related, to create the structure
    to include their own, ours is laid back.
    What is our position in surveillance of the entire system of governance regarding early identification of policies to enable us play well in the “a stitch in time, saves nine” circle.

  3. Akubueze Obinna says:

    Well timed..

  4. The problem with such move, is we keep recycling the same old set of people. All motion no movement.

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