The cutthroat competition, confrontation and distrust amongst professionals in the health sector must give way for collaboration, consultation and cooperation in the interest of the health consuming public, Pharm. Ahmed Yakasai, president of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), has said.
Yakasai disclosed this while speaking at an event organised by the PSN for the inauguration of the president and new Fellows of the PSN, held on 18 February, at the Transcorp Hilton, Abuja.
The grand event was graced by prominent Nigerians, including Senate President, Bukola Saraki; Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Folorunsho Adewole; Minister of Works, Housing and Power, Bar. Babatunde Fashola and Governor of Kano State, Dr Abdullahi Umar Gandiye.
Other top dignitaries at the event chaired by Former Health Minister, Pharm. (Prince) Julius Adelusi-Adeluyi, include: Governor of Niger State, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello; FCT Minister, Alhaji Muhammad M. Bello and President of the Nigerian Medical Association, Dr Kayode Obembe.
Pharm. Yakasai urged all health professionals to allow the team concept to rule in the health care delivery sector, adding that there are manifold benefits in fostering genuine cooperation between pharmacists and other health care providers.
Pharmacists in NIgeria, Yakasai said, would provide the needed leadership to ensure unity among all the stakeholders in health care delivery.
He also assured pharmacists that the pharmacy profession would take its pride of place in the nation, pledging to encourage community pharmacists to start exploiting opportunities in maternal and child mortality which continues to ravage the nation’s population.
The PSN helmsman stated that pharmacists’ contribution to health care is developing in new ways to support patients in their use of medicines and as part of the clinical decision-making process across a range of ailments, adding that this was the major reason the PSN continues to champion the need for a consultancy cadre in public service pharmacy practice.
Also speaking at the event, NMA President, Dr Kayode Obembe, congratulated the new PSN helmsman and Fellows, disclosing that the NMA, through the National Committee on Inter-Professional Relations, had developed a platform which would provide a synergy between medical doctors and pharmacists toward providing an effective health care delivery system in line with international best practices.
Dr Obembe noted that while there were challenges facing the pharmacy profession, such could be easily overcome through lobbying, dialogues, effective deliberations with other health care workers and close working relationship/collaborations with the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN).
The NMA boss said that even though the tasks before the PSN were enormous, successes would be recorded through re-engineering and transformation efforts by the current leadership of the PSN.
Dr Obembe pledged that the NMA would do everything humanly possible to give a helping hand to the PSN to enhance health care delivery in Nigeria.
“Together, we can move the health sector forward,” Obembe said.