-As AHAPN holds 19th National Scientific Conference
For the nation to feel the impact of pharmacists through the reduction of national drug index and provision of proven pharmaceutical care intervention, pharmacists must take their rightful place in the healthcare delivery system, Professor Fola Tayo, pro-chancellor and chairman of Council, Caleb University has said.
Fola Tayo who was the Chairman of the opening ceremony at the 19th annual national conference of the Association of Hospital and Administrative Pharmacists of Nigeria (AHAPN) held in Lagos, bemoaned the current situation of things among the pharmacists, saying they have played the underdog for too long, that it is time to act.
Comparing the practice in Nigeria with what obtains in developed climes of the world; he noted that the only way through which pharmacists can make themselves relevant is through making lauding contributions in the formulation of policies and other issues as related to healthcare.”Let your input be felt, even when you are not invited, sketch out an idea and bring something to the table”.
The National Chairman, AHAPN, Pharm. Martins Oyewole, welcomed all delegates to the conference stating the vision and mission of the group is all encompassing, with the focus on capacity building, peer-review activities, which is not only expedient but mandatory.
On the theme of the programme, “Hospital and Administrative Pharmacy and National Development”, he said its not only apt but also timely at this stage in our national history. “As our nation is coming out of recession, looking inwards in meeting the pharmaceutical care needs of Nigerians is the way to go”