The winner, Young Pharmacist of the Year 2018 Award, Pharm. Isa Muhammad has been presented with an award plaque and a cash prize on Thursday, 14 March 2019, at the Pharmanews corporate head office, Mende, Maryland.
The award presentation, witnessed by Pharmanews staff and family members of Muhammad, was a great occasion for the young pharmacist to express his profound gratitude to the Pharmanews Publisher, Sir Ifeanyi Atueyi, for the creation of such online competition, which brought him out as the winner.
In his congratulatory message to Muhammad, Sir Atueyi expressed his delight with the winner, as the first recipient of the award, being the maiden edition of the competition, which has now been established as an annual contest.
As an elderly pharmacist, who has used his knowledge to serve the Society and his community, Atueyi said it is his strong desire to encourage young pharmacists, who are imparting their communities with their knowledge and God-given talents, for societal development.
Sir Atueyi also noted that at times, there may be departure from degrees obtained in the university, into an innovative field for the essence of making positive change in the society, and such ideas are always welcome, provided it is for the good of human existence.
While commending Muhammad for the landslide victory he had at the Online Poll, the Pharmanews boss said the massive votes he garnered was an indication of his respectable personality among his colleagues.” In winning the award, one thing I consider is integrity, because for someone to be voted for as the overall winner, it means he is a man of integrity. We believe in people with integrity, honesty and God-fearing qualities, because their progress is of importance to us”.
While appreciating the recognition and the kind gestures shown to him by Pharmanews, Muhammad said he cannot thank the Publisher enough, for providing such innovative platform to encourage young pharmacists and to boost their morale in their fields of endeavour.
He also expressed his deep gratitude to all his colleagues who supported him all through the competition, from the nomination stage to the voting level, saying : “This is an indication to tell us that what we are doing is good, and we shall improve on it”.
The Award Winner, who narrated his confusion after the completion of his internship, said he was determined to impart from the onset, because he was not satisfied settling for only drugs dispensing and counselling, thus, he laid his hands on different things, before settling for Medinomics.com, though it is still in its formative stage.
Thus, he explained that on his emergence as one of the nominees for the online poll, himself and his team members canvassed for votes, and sought the support of other colleagues, and it became a reality.
Present at the award presentation were:Pharmanews Publisher, Sir Ifeanyi Atueyi; Award Winner, Pharm. Isa Muhammad; Editor, Pharmanews, Mr Yusuff Moshood; Online Editor, Mrs Temitope Obayendo; Admin Manager, Mrs Elizabeth Amuneke; Senior Correspondent, Mr Adebayo Folorunsho-Francis; Adama Balaraba Muhammad; Fatimah Binta Muhammad; Hafsah Jumai Muhammad; and Ibrahim Abiodun Lawal.