19 April 2021 By Florence Adewale
The Federal Government has repositioned the pharmacy profession for quality healthcare delivery for the citizenry.
The Permanent Secretary, ministry of health, Mr. Abdullahi Mashi made this known in Abuja at a sensitisation workshop to kick start implementation of the pharmacist consultant cadre within the health care system in Nigeria.
Represented by his Technical Assistant, Dr. Abdullahi Ismail, the permanent Secretary said the consultancy cadre approved for pharmacists was part of government’s effort to enhance industrial harmony and ensure that patients were accorded priority for efficient health care delivery.
Mr. Mashi stressed that the ministry would engage in more sensitization programmes to meet government’s expectations of consistency in the implementation of the cadre.
According to him, “The Ministry of Health also firmly believes that implementation of the new Consultant Pharmacists Cadre would ensure availability of specialized and highly skilled manpower in Pharmacy practice in Nigeria and encourage Pharmacists as well as stem medical tourism.”
In a remark, the Registrar, the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria, Dr. Elijah Mohammed said approval of the consultant cadre for the profession would go a long way to strengthen synergy among professionals in the sector.
Also, the Board Chairman of the council, Professor Ahmed Tijjani-Mora said pharmacists in the consultancy cadre have been equipped with necessary skills to play an advisory role in addition to dispensing of drugs.
“Fourteen healthcare professionals in Nigeria, pharmacy is one of them, the attainment of this consultancy cadre will now strengthen the profession and the additional knowledge acquired will be deployed by the pharmacists for the betterment of patients and the country.” He said.
Other stakeholders at the forum urged pharmacists to ensure interest of patients were Paramount.