Scores of pharmacists have taken to social media to commend the maiden courtesy visit of the national executives of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), led by the President, Pharm. (Mazi) Sam Ohuabunwa to the Health Minister, Prof. Isaac Adewole in his office, in Abuja on Thursday.
The courtesy call, which was made for the new PSN national executives to familiarise themselves with the office of the Health Minister, was a success as Mazi Ohuabunwa seized the opportunity to present a list of challenges facing the pharmaceutical industry, while he sought the timely intervention of the minister to the issues.
Some of the challenges of the profession the PSN President presented to Prof. Adewole are: The disorderly and chaotic medicine distribution system in the country, full implementation of the National Drug Distribution guidelines (NDDG), reconstitution of the Pharmacist’s Council of Nigeria (PCN), placement of pharmacists in boards of teaching hospitals/ federal medical centres, and harmony in the health sector.
Reactions from pharmacists to the announcement of the visit include: “Work don start, the Lord is your strength”, by Funlayo Sodipo; “I believe in Mazi to build on the achievement of immediate past president. Experience, maturity and exposure is an asset for the leadership of any professional as Pharmacy… Maaaazification… ” Femi Adegbite”; “Fire on, may the Lord direct your administration, “Akarume Michael”; “Well done Mr President”, Umar Ibrahim Ahmed; “The Lord will bestow on you, perfect health in your new assignment”, Moriyike Oyenekan and others.