It has been celebration galore amidst pharmacists in Lagos State, as the State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, has recently approved the creation of Consultant Pharmacist Cadre in the scheme of service.
The pharmacists, who described the recent upgrading as a good development, prayed the governor for the speedy implementation of the new cadre, in order to perfect the process.
According to the circular signed and sent from the office of the Head of Service, Folashade Adeoye, to notify the public on the development, the approval of the Consultant Pharmacist Cadre is in line with global best practices, and in furtherance of quality healthcare in the state.
“This gesture, which further demonstrates the present administration’s commitment to professional fulfillment and career development provides the opportunity for pharmacists to attain the zenith of their careers in the state public service”, it stated.
Contrary to previous scheme, the new scheme of service as regard the pharmacist cadre will henceforth be as follows:
Intern Pharmacist Grade Level 09
Pharmacist Grade Level 10
Senior Pharmacist Grade Level 12
Principal Pharmacist Grade Level 13
Chief Pharmacist Grade Level 14
Consultant Pharmacist II/Assistant Director Grade Level 15
Consultant Pharmacist I/Deputy Director/Director Grade Level 16
Chief Consultant Pharmacist/Director Grade Level 17
Following the approval of the consultant cadre, the Lagos State PSN has sent a letter of appreciation to the governor, for his good gesture towards pharmacists in the state.
The Lagos State PSN, in a letter to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, dated May 15, 2018, and signed by the Chairman, Mrs. Bolanle Adeniran, said: “This serves to convey the appreciation of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (Lagos State Chapter) to the Governor for giving his assent to the much awaited creation of the Consultant Pharmacist Cadre in the Scheme of Service of Lagos State Government.
“This is a testament to the global best practice expected of a Centre of Excellence. It will eventually ensure that the professionals will be able to practice to the best of their ability in enhancing patient- centred healthcare services”, she said.