Meet Pharm. Margaret Adedapo- Our Personality for December

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Pharmacist Margaret Oluwayemisi Adedapo is the coordinator, Logistics Management Coordinating Unit (LMCU) of the Lagos State Ministry of Health. Born on 12 December 1971 in Surulere, Lagos, she obtained her Bachelor of Pharmacy degree from Obafemi Awolowo University lle-­lfe, in I994, and a Master of Science (M.Sc.) degree in Public Health from the University of Lagos in 2009.

A passionate professional, Adedapo went to Boston, USA in search of supply chain knowledge in 2019, and bagged a certificate  in  Supply  Chain  Fundamentals  from  the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston, USA.

Adedapo has had a notable career history, beginning at the Obafemi Awolowo University, where she had her internship, after which she went for her National Youth Service at the Police Clinic State Headquarters, Makurdi, Benue State. Thereafter, she resumed as a junior trainee fellow with the Obafemi Awolowo University in 1998 and proceeded to work as production pharmacist with Ranbaxy Nigeria Ltd between 1999 and 2001.

She ventured into community pharmacy practice in 2001 with Chez-Pharma Nig. Ltd (Sole franchise holder for Sanofi-Synthelabo at that time) where she marketed brands of Sanofi-Synthelabo product. In 2002, Adedapo became superintendent pharmacist at Meg Pharmacy and Stores, Lagos, before joining the Lagos State Health Service Commission in 2006.

She has also got hospital practice experience, having worked at Mainland Hospital, Yaba, General Hospital Lagos and lfako-ljaiye General Hospital, at different times.

Adedapo played key roles in curtailing the outbreak of Ebola Virus disease in Nigeria, as she was one of the volunteers at the Ebola Treatment Centre, Lagos, where the country recorded success in combating the Ebola Disease.

An astute team-builder, Adedapo coordinates supply chain management activities for public health commodities in Lagos State, working with MOH agencies directorates, and units, development partners, consultants, healthcare workers and volunteers in a way that has made Lagos the centre of supply chain excellence in the country.

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The Lagos LMCU was central to development of the PSM section of the grant documents for the LSMOH / GF HIV/AIDS Grant, the first state government to be made Principal Recipient of the Global Fund in Africa.

Amidst her tight professional responsibilities, she also created time to serve the Association of Hospital and Administrative Pharmacists of Nigeria (AHAPN) in different capacities. She was National Treasurer, AHAPN (2012-2015); National Financial Secretary, AHAPN (2015 – 2018); Treasurer, Lagos AHAPN (2009-2012); Assistant Secretary, AHAPN Lagos (2012-2015) and Financial Secretary (2015-2018).

A resource person for the Lagos State Ministry of Health, Adedapo facilitates the training of scores of pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and other health workers in supply chain management, quality data reporting and pharmacovigilance.

Adedapo has got several awards to her credit,  including the 2018 Lagos State Health Merit Award as Outstanding Pharmacist, from the Lagos State Ministry of Health; and the National Distinguished Service Award (DSA) of AHAPN.

She is happily married and blessed with children.

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