…Celebrates World Pharmacists Day in grand style
As Nigerian pharmacists joined their colleagues around the world in celebrating the 2020 World Pharmacists Day, which is usually marked on every 25 September, the Pharmaceutical Association of Nigeria Students (PANS), Kaduna State University (KASU), has taken health awareness and sensitisation campaign to some local communities, and motherless babies home in Kaduna State.
“World Pharmacists Day was the brainchild of the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP), with the FIP Council voting to establish the event in the late 2000s during a conference they staged in Istanbul, Turkey. The aim of the day is to bring attention to pharmacies and their impacts on health, as FIP encourages all its members to get involved to make the event a success.”
Speaking after the sensitisation programme organised to commemorate the World Pharmacists Day 2020, the President, PANS, KASU, Ibrahim Aliyu explained that the World Pharmacists Day is celebrated to commemorate and honour the contribution of pharmacists to the world, saying their interest as future pharmacists was on creating health awareness among the rural communities as well as little children.
Speaking further, he added that the association was able to use the occasion to visit and donate some formulated products, children medicine, food items, wrappers, among other items to Jamiyyar Matan Arewa School, Kaduna as well as the presentation of the locally produced alcohol based hand sanitizers , sodium hypochlorites and liquid soap to the Vice-Chancellor of the Institution, Prof. Muhammed Tanko.
“We had a local senitisation visit to the Palace of Sarkin Kurmin Mashi, Kaduna, to educate the locals on the dangers of self- medication, drug abuse and misuse, as well as prevention of infectious diseases through proper hygiene. We also distributed products to all the six heads of department within the Faculty of Pharmacy, including laboratories, while we also had a visitation to a radio station to further create awareness on the roles of pharmacists in the society.
While commending the PANS executives and students for the great effort, the duo of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Muhammed Tanko and the Dean, Faculty of Pharmacy, Prof. Ben Chindo, lauded the initiative geared towards improving global health at the community level, adding that the students had made the University as well as pharmacy profession proud as a result of the initiative.
Those on the team for the health campaign include Ibrahim Aliyu, president, PANS, Santus Godiya, general secretary, Bashiru Bawa, financial secretary, Mustapha Tijani, editor-in-chief, Hauwa Salisu, treasurer, some graduated students and about ten other students from the faculty.