Health Commissioner, ACPN Disagree Over Alleged Pharmacists’ Preference For Urban Areas

11
6524

-As Alkali plans satellite pharmacies in remote villages

Dr Jide Idris, Lagos State commissioner for health, has taken a swipe at what he termed “too much concentration of pharmacists in urban areas.”

Addressing participants at the annual general meeting (AGM) of the Healthcare Providers Association of Nigeria (HCPAN), held recently at Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Idris berated the preference of some pharmacists for urban areas without consideration for those living rural areas.

“There should be equity for all, especially people in rural areas because they equally deserve to have access to good health and quality drugs. But where they don’t have access, it is the responsibility of government to do so.

Pharm. (Dr) Albert Alkali, ACPN national chairman, and Dr Jide Idris, Lagos State commissioner for health.

“We cannot say because pharmacists are concentrating more on urban areas, we should increase their cost of care. No, we need to sit and find a way to address it,” he said.

Outlining the criteria for membership of Lagos State Health Service Providers (LSHSP), the commissioner stated that every provider must be a CAC-registered legal entity, fully accredited by HEFAMAA and have a valid bank account with BVN.

“In addition, providers must disclose governance structure, possess 24 emergency rooms for primary and secondary care facilities, have medical malpractice indemnity and ensure key staff are Basic Life Support (BLS) certified,” he urged.

However, in a swift reaction to the observation of Dr Idris, the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN), Lagos chapter, stated that the indictment of pharmacists by the commissioner was controversial.

Speaking with Pharmanews in an interview, Chairman of the association, Pharm. Abiola Paul-Ozieh, said: “I won’t say much for now. But I can say categorically that the comment attributed to the commissioner is not in good taste. Our interaction with his office shows lack of right intentions even towards the (same) rural communities.

“For instance, ask him how many clinics and hospitals are in the rural communities.”

Pharm. (Dr) Albert Alkali, ACPN national chairman, also expressed disagreement with the commissioner’s claim.

“Which amenities are there?” he asked. “If you desire to have a pharmacy in rural areas, you will definitely need to have a generator, among others. Even here in the city, one of our members was recently shot as a result of running his pharmacy for during late hours.

“It is not just enough to say pharmacists should move into rural areas to set up, the government must create the necessary basic amenities. In Australia, for instance, the government gives out subsidy for pharmacies to open in rural areas,” he said.

Speaking further, Alkali explained that the association had encouraged members to open outlets in every capital city and local government area, as well as the rural areas for those who can afford it.

“After all, we are serving the general public,” he said.

The chairman also took a swipe at the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) saying enrollees were being ripped off.

According to him: “All over the world, people are contributing for all the healthcare workers, not just the doctors. That is not the case in Nigeria. Here, we have certain draconian laws and selfish individuals at the helm of affairs.

“Secondly, let us not lose sight of the fact that many of those who site their premises in cities don’t get prescriptions. Even in my position as ACPN chairman, my registered premises is yet to get a prescription. There is serious corruption going on in the health sector,” he alleged.

Alkali however reassured that the ACPN was working assiduously with the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) to enact a law that would see pharmacies having satellite outlets in rural areas.

He noted that the satellite pharmacy concept is one that will make pharmacies situated in urban areas have satellite outlets in rural areas. It is also expected that pharmacists who are not permanently resident in the area would embark on supervisory visits from time to time.

“This is to ensure that things are being done properly. Pharmacists who can afford to stay in such rural areas will be encouraged. But the least qualified personnel required to man those satellite centres are pharmacy technicians who have gone through basic training.

“It is not that we (community pharmacists) are insensitive to operating in rural areas. However things should be done properly. Before we reached the decision, our colleagues in hospitals, companies and industries were duly consulted,” he explained.

Also in attendance at the event were Dr Umar Sanda, president of Healthcare Providers Association of Nigeria; Dr A. Adedokun, director, LASUTH clinical services and training; and Catherine Tanzamado, HCPAN AGM state coordinator.

11 COMMENTS

  1. I used to be recommended this blog by way of my cousin. I’m now not positive whether this submit is written via him as nobody else recognize such
    detailed about my problem. You’re incredible!

    Thank you!

  2. service de femme de ménage
    Professionnelle de l’entretien, notre dynamique entreprise saura réaliser pour
    vous l’ensemble des travaux ménagers.
    G.E.M. s’engage sur une prestation de qualité !
    Notre équipe de spécialistes chevronnés accomplira un travail
    à la fois soigné, rapide et économique.
    De plus, nous utilisons exclusivement des produits écologiques et hautement performants, issus des toutes dernières technologies.

    La vie moderne véhicule aussi de lourdes menaces.

    D’apparence inoffensive, meubles, appareils ménagers, matériaux de construction, jouets ou objets familiers peuvent dégager des phtalates ou autres redoutables composés chimiques.

    Chaque jour, nous gagnons des marchés et étendons nos compétences.

    Nos clients cautionnent par leur fidélité la qualité de nos prestations et
    la réalité de notre engagement. Nos résultats valident notre modèle économique et notre stratégie.

    La clé de notre succès réside dans l’exceptionnelle faculté d’adaptation dont nous avons
    toujours fait preuve.

    Fermes sur les valeurs fondamentales qui constituent notre culture − qualité, proximité, responsabilité, indépendance −,
    nous avons su composer avec les difficultés, faire évoluer notre
    métier, ajuster notre activité à un environnement en mutation, construire notre
    avenir sur l’innovation.

    Les exigences de nos clients évoluent pour répondre au
    mieux aux contraintes de leurs marchés. La mesure régulière de notre capacité à répondre à leurs besoins en termes :

    D’analyses des enquêtes de satisfaction,

    De suivi d’indicateurs de performance,

    De veille réglementaire et technique,
    Franchise de Nettoyage Résidentiel et Commercial, service de
    femme de ménage ,entretien ménager commercial,entretien ménager commercial, ménage résidentiel,
    service d’entretien ménager montréal
    Nous aidons les personnes désireuses d’être propriétaires d’entreprises prospères à devenir des professionnels du nettoyage commercial et de
    la maintenance. En rejoignant notre réseau d’entreprises,
    vous bénéficierez d’un avantage concurrentiel ainsi que d’une aide apportée par un modèle d’affaires éprouvé vous assurant de travailler avec un leader du domaine disposant de
    l’expérience et la stabilité.
    Vous disiez augmentez vos revenus afin d’améliorer votre quotidien ?
    Faites Appel a G.E.M Ménage! service de femme de ménage ,entretien ménager commercial,entretien ménager commercial, ménage résidentiel,
    service d’entretien ménager montréal, service de femme de ménage ,entretien ménager commercial,entretien ménager commercial,
    ménage résidentiel, service d’entretien ménager montréal
    Franchises de Nettoyage Résidentiel et Commercial disponible
    Partout A Montréal ,Rive Nord et Rive Sud.

    Financement Sans Intérêt par G.E.M .
    Un dépôt est obligatoire

    Un Investissement de 24 000$ Vous Rapporte (4800$ et plus de Revenus par Mois)!

    Matériel et formation fourni

    Nous aidons les personnes désireuses d’être propriétaires d’entreprises prospères à devenir des professionnels du
    nettoyage commercial et de la maintenance. En rejoignant notre réseau d’entreprises,
    vous bénéficierez d’un avantage concurrentiel ainsi que d’une aide apportée par un modèle d’affaires éprouvé vous assurant
    de travailler avec un leader du domaine disposant de l’expérience et la stabilité.

    G.E.M Ménage vous offre l’opportunité de travailler pendant la journée de lundi a vendredi .

    G.E.M Vous propose des contrats d’entretien ménager
    avec des horaires souples et un revenu garanti.

    Pour les personnes libres,les nouveaux arrivants ou les sans-emplois G.E.M peut favoriser votre accès
    au marché du travail !

    G.E.M vous propose des contrats stables et rémunérateurs!

    Dans le secteur résidentiel idéal pour un couple, ou un homme seul dans
    le secteur commercial
    Vous débuter des maintenant

    Des techniques et méthodes de travail éprouvées.

    Une aide à la constitution ou à l’enregistrement
    de leur entreprise.
    Des territoires d’exercice protégés.
    Entreprise clés en main.
    Un garantie qui protège votre investissement

    Exigences de l’entrée de notre réseau :
    Les demandes sont examinées attentivement et une enquête relative à
    la candidature est menée.
    Les candidats doivent passer une entrevue de sélection.
    Avant tout début d’activité, les candidats doivent
    assister à des sessions de formation.

    Au G.E.M. nous nous assurons que nos franchisés puissent offrir à leurs clients
    un service professionnel d’une qualité supérieure à celle de la
    concurrence.
    Franchise disponible au résidentiel et commercial

    N’hésitez pas à nous contacter
    469 Jean-Talon Ouest Suite # 222
    Montreal QC
    gemmenage.net
    gemmenage.com

  3. A problem-based strategy to review current subject matters in biochemistry
    appropriate to nutrition and rate of metabolism.
    authorities, such as the Food and Drug Administration and Denominator – the variety of individuals
    as well as or the carers of individuals managing their
    personal synthetic nourishment assistance. Tim Johnson on the ABC NewsNow
    network, In shorts, the Nourishment Information Board relevant information supplies serving dimensions that have
    actually been actually standardized to earn this easier to review comparable meals,
    yet might not be actually the volume of food needed to maintain a well-thought-out diet.
    authorities, like the Fda and also The adhering to recap offers the records accumulated off KNG’s PDC in addition to industry trials conducted off Kentucky to northwest Iowa.
    Tim Johnson on the ABC NewsNow system, This likewise
    helps to manage substantial client protection problems, like nourishment help certainly not carrying
    on when it is needed or even individuals being offered improper food for
    their scenarios.

  4. I do believe all the ideas you have offered on your post.

    They’re really convincing and will definitely work.
    Still, the posts are very short for starters.
    Could you please lengthen them a bit from subsequent time?
    Thank you for the post.

  5. Howdy superb website! Does running a blog such as this require a large amount
    of work? I’ve very little knowledge of computer programming however I was hoping to start my own blog
    in the near future. Anyways, if you have any recommendations or techniques for new blog owners please share.
    I know this is off subject however I just had to ask. Thanks a lot!

LEAVE A REPLY