PSN is committed to improving public health – Yakasai


The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) has reiterated its commitment to improving public health in Nigeria, noting that its priority is to ensure that Nigerians get the best care from health professionals in the country.

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Pharm. Ahmed Yakasai (right)handing over documents to Pharm. (Sir) John Nwaiwu, chairman, Lagos Properties Committee of PSN, during the inauguration of working committees by the PSN in Lagos, recently

President of the PSN, Pharm. Ahmed Yakasai, made this pledge while speaking with Pharmanews during a recent ceremony organised by the Society in Lagos, to inaugurate five working committees saddled with various responsibilities to improve the operations of the society.

Pharm. Yakasai revealed that the PSN would collaborate with other health professionals as it is imperative to ensure there is harmony and absence of in-fighting amongst health professionals for the sake of the patient, adding that nobody knows the next patient that will be a victim of dispute among health workers.

He stated that his decision to extend a hand of fellowship to other health workers was to ensure that all the health professionals work together for the benefit of the patient.

While handing over necessary documents to the chairmen of the five committees, Pharm. Yakasai charged them to strive and deliver on their assignments, stressing that the PSN was giving them the responsibilities because of their track records and the confidence that their inputs can help improve the Society.

The committees inaugurated by the PSN were: Disciplinary Committee, chaired by Pharm. (AIG) Emeka Okeke; Pfizer Award of Excellence Committee, to be chaired by Pharm. Deji Osinoiki; Lagos Properties Committee to be chaired by Pharm. (Dr) John Nwaiwu; Media/Publicity Committee to be chaired by Pharm. (Dr) Arinola Joda; and Abuja Land Committee, to be chaired by Pharm. Tanko I. Ayuba.

Speaking with Pharmanews after the official inauguration, Pharm. Okeke, chairman of the Disciplinary Committee, thanked the PSN leadership for the opportunity given to him and members of his committee to serve the Society and promised the committee will work hard to deliver on the tasks assigned to it.

While noting that indiscipline does not augur well for any organisation, Pharm. Okeke, however, stated that conflict is an essential component of human existence adding that how conflicts are resolved is what is important. The retired police boss stressed that people must endeavour to follow due process when they have grievances and refrain from resorting to self-help.

He also noted that the PSN must consistently ensure equity, fairplay and principle of natural justice at all times to reduce conflicts.

While also speaking with Pharmanews, Dr Arinola Joda, chairman of the Media/Publicity Committee also posited that she and her committee members were ready to deliver on the assignment given to them by the PSN president. The committee, she said, would showcase the Society, its activities and members to the world.

Dr Joda stated that the committee would especially showcase activities of the PSN aimed at improving public health, using various media platforms to ensure people know the invaluable contributions pharmacists and the PSN are making to health care delivery.

Dr John Nwaiwu, chairman of the Lagos Properties Committee; Pharm. Deji Osinoiki, chairman, Pfizer Award Committee and Pharm. Idris Pada, who spoke on behalf of Pharm. Tanko Ayuba for the Abuja Land Committee all equally pledged to do their best to deliver on the assignments given to them.