The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) has urged pharmacists in the country to embrace technology in their quest to improve their practice and healthcare delivery in the country, noting that pharmacists and other healthcare professionals cannot afford to ignore the digital revolution currently going on globally and impacting all professionals.
PSN President, Pharm. Ahmed Yakasai, gave this charge while speaking with newsmen during a one-day workshop themed: “Convergence of Technology & Impact on Pharmacetical Practice”, organised by the PSN Education Committee and held in Ikeja, Lagos, recently.
According to Yakasai, the workshop was organised to explore the advantages of technology and how it can be harnessed to improve pharmacy practice in the country, adding that bringing all the technical and interest groups in Pharmacy to make presentations at the workshop was also to ensure that all pharmacists were working together on the use of technology for the advancement of the profession.
He emphasised that technology will not only help pharmacists to maintain good pharmacy practice (GPP), but also facilitate effective good drug distribution and the fight against nefarious sale of counterfeit medicines, adding that there are now broad digital opportunities that can help strengthen all areas of pharmacy practice.
The PSN helmsman stressed further that pharmacists must embrace the current digital revolution and the use of technology to help patients get better pharmaceutical care, stating that with current technological tools, pharmacists can serve their patients better.
Also speaking at the event, Prof. (Mrs) Cecilia Igwilo, chairman, PSN Education Committee, reiterated that pharmacists cannot afford not to ignore technology because it is the current trend the world, adding that with technology, pharmacists will be able to perform better and contribute more to healthcare delivery.
Igwilo explained further that the education committee was working to ensure that all pharmacists, irrespective of their area of practice, continue to embrace technology adding that the committee had developed an IT platform that all stakeholders will be connected to.
The highlight of the occasion was the presentation of educative papers by virtually all the technical and interest groups in pharmacy, which include PCN, ACPN, NAIP, PMG-MAN, NIROPHARM and APIN.
Dignitaries at the event included Pharm. (Sir) Ifeanyi Atueyi, managing director, Pharmanews Limited; Pharm. Olumide Akintayo, immediate past president, PSN and Pharm. N.A.E Mohammed, registrar, Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PSN).