As part of activities to commence the on-going Abuja 2020 ACPN National Conference, tagged “Unity 2020”, the Minister for Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs Pauline Tallen, accompanied by National Chairman, ACPN, Pharm. Samuel Adekola; Immediate Past National Chairman, ACPN, Pharm. (Dr) Albert Kelong Alkali, joined hundreds of community pharmacists nationwide to walk against COVID-19.
The ACPN Walk against COVID-19, started at the International Conference Centre (ICC), venue of the conference and was conducted across major streets around the area.
Addressing the community pharmacists before the exercise, the Minister for Women Affairs and Social Development, Mrs Pauline Tallen congratulated the ACPN on its 39th Annual National Conference, and stated that the federal government was leaving nothing to chance, in its effort to win the war against COVID-19.
According to her, it is important to bear in mind that this phase, more than before is in the hands of the people, more than in the hand of government.
She therefore called on all, to take responsibility in ensuring that they actively play their roles to prevent further spike in COVID-19, as it has been observed in many countries, especially the foreign countries.
“We must fight the spread of the disease by adhering more strictly than ever, to the various social guidelines which have been announced, published and publicised,” she advised.
On his part, the national chairman, ACPN urged Nigerians to wear their face mask in the public, once they leave their house, or even inside their house if they were not sure of the COVID-19 status of people they live with.
He added that community pharmacists, as key players in the healthcare team owe it as a responsibility to sensitise the public on major health challenges, adding that the ‘Walk’ was in fulfillment of that responsibility.
Adekola emphasised the roles of pharmacists in the management of diseases, stating that they are the primary custodians of medicines, and as such, they have the responsibility to create awareness and sensitive people in the society.