-As Atueyi Urges Amibor on Sacrificial Service
As a means of cultivating cordial relationship with the media, towards the success of his tenure, the newly elected national chairman of the Association of Hospital and Administrative Pharmacists of Nigeria (AHAPN) Pharm. (Dr) Kingsley Chiedu Amibor, recently made a courtesy visit to Pharmanews Limited office, Maryland, Lagos.
While receiving him, Sir Ifeanyi Atueyi, Pharmanews publisher, congratulated Amibor on his emergence as the new national chairman of AHAPN. He, however, urged him to see the position as an opportunity to render sacrificial service for the progress of the association.
The Pharmanews boss who acknowledged that it is somewhat difficult to coordinate people, prayed God to grant the AHAPN chairman wisdom, guidance and favour for him to excel above his predecessors, and to also have legacies to leave behind.
His words: “Now that you have emerged the chairman, it is an opportunity to serve people, make sacrifice to better the lots of your colleagues. And as you sacrifice for others, God will favour you”.
In his response, Amibor appreciated the support of Pharmanews to AHAPN activities in the past and solicited for more support now, saying it is part of his 8-point agenda to rebrand and reposition hospital and administrative practice in the country.
On resolving pending issues with the medical doctors, he said he was glad to be part of the interprofessional collaboration meeting, held at the Pharmacy House in Lagos recently, and noted that it was a step forward in bridging gaps between medical doctors and other health practitioners.
“What I have to do is to meet with the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) officials to sit and discuss so they can see our own point of view, because I know they have this phobia that pharmacists are trying to take their jobs, which is not true. We will enter into dialogue with them, to resolve any hanging issues.
“As a matter of fact, we also want to collaborate with pharmacists in the academia and the West African Postgraduate College of pharmacists, to map out some areas of specialization for our members. I have also set up a committee to select members that are interested in the various aspects of pharmacy practice.
“We are not resting on our oars. In fact a committee is also constituted to look into the consultancy cadre approval for other states, and we want members across the country to be members of the consultancy cadre committee, in order for all states to be represented. For instance, Delta State has a committee looking into that, so we encourage other states to follow suit”, he said.