No fewer than thirty-six members of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) Lagos State branch, were decorated with the Merit Award of the Society, at the 2018 Annual Luncheon and Investiture of Merit Award Winners/ N30 Million Fund Raising for Society’s bus.
The colourful event, held at the Sheraton Hotel &Towers, on 29 April, 2018, was well attended by dignitaries, among who were: PSN President, Pharm. Ahmed I Yakasai; Chairman/CEO, Megachem Nigeria Ltd., Pharm. Sam Ubachukwu; Managing Director, PharmacyPlus Ltd., Pharm. Chukwuemeka Obi; Commissioner 3 LSHSC, Pharm.(Otunba) Seun Osikoya; Managing Director/Chief Executive, Dr Fidelis A Ayebae; Mazi Sam Ohabunwa; Lagos ACPN Chairman, Pharm. Olabanji Benedict Obideyi, Dr Moyosore Adejumo, director of pharmaceutical services, Lagos State Ministry of Health, among others.
The Chairman, Lagos State PSN, Pharm. Bolanle Adeniran, while appreciating the guests and participants at the occasion, remarked on the ongoing health workers strike, saying there is no going back, until the government grants what they are asking for.
She explained that what the Joint Health Sector Union (JOHESU) is requesting is nothing but the implementation of the Unified Salary Scale for all health workers, doctors inclusive.”Unified Salary Scale is our request, and without it, the strike will continue.
“Now, that there is CONMESS for doctors and CONHESS for health workers, but whatever you call it, as long as the parity is not there, there will be dispute. I will not sit down and be watching a colleague of mine, who is a medic to be collecting ten times of my salary.
“The only way out is to go back to the Unified Salary Scale, because just like the medics have said that if the government attend to us, they will go on strike, we will also go on strike again, because as they go increase their our own salary, the government must increase that of other health workers too”.
The PSN chairman also called for the review of the composition of boards of Federal Health Institutions, stating that it is presently made up of medical doctors, which is unfair to other healthcare workers.”The board is supposed to be for all health workers, but it is only constituted of medical doctors”.
She therefore called on the Federal Government, to resolve the issues surrounding the pending confirmation of consultancy cadre for pharmacists, as the incumbent leadership of the health sector has failed to implement for a very long time.
Explaining the association’s parameters for the selection of Merit Award winners, Pharm. Adeniran noted that they have carefully selected members of the association who have served meritoriously in their various areas of practice for the Merit Award.
The PSN President, Pharm. Ahmed I Yakasai, commended the leadership of the Lagos PSN branch, for their innovation and laudable performance, as the branch with the highest number of pharmacists in the country, and also having financial heavyweights in the Society.
The President, who expressed his heartfelt felicitations to the awardees, urged them to keep up with their good initiatives, as they excel in all areas of their practices.
The Chairman of the occasion, Pharm. Sam Ubachukwu, chairman/CEO, Megachem Nigeria Ltd., urged all members not to rest on their oasis, as the best is yet to be heard of them, stating that pharmacists are expected to excel in other areas of practices in the healthcare and beyond.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with the Lagos ACPN Chairman, Pharm. Olabanji Benedict Obideyi on the ongoing JOHESU strike, he said it’s not surprising that the government is treating other health workers this way, because major stakeholders in the team are medical doctors.
His words: “I’m not surprised with the whole arrangement, because the minister of health is a doctor, minister of state for health is a medical doctor too, and minister of state for labour and productivity is also a medical doctor. So they will expressly grant their requests.
“But when it gets to the turn of other health workers, they pushed the director of hospital service and other lesser officers to attend to them. That is why the minister will have the impetus, to say there was never any agreement, even when the copy of the agreement appended his signature is everywhere on social media”.