PCN Moves To Tackle Quackery As Young Pharmacists Group Holds 1st Annual Conference

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BY SUNNY A. DAVID / AWKA

The Registrar, Pharmaceutical Council of Nigeria, Pharmacist Elijah Mohammed says, the Council is committed to stamping out quacks from the Industry as well as ensuring efficient Service Delivery.

Pharmacist Mohammed made this known at the First Annual National Conference of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, Young Pharmacists’ Group, held in Awka, Anambra State.

He said that the Council has done a lot of sensitization and advocacy visits to relevant Stakeholders in the Pharmaceutical industry to ensure that those who are not qualified to be in the profession are off the field.

The Registrar noted that they have regulated the Patent Medicine Practitioners in order to help them discharge their duties effectively and efficiently and urged Young Pharmacists to always adhere strictly to the ethics of the profession.

The President, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, Pharmacist Sam Ohuabunwa represented by Pharmacist Emeka Duru, commended the Young Pharmacist Group for the Conference and urged them to be innovative at all times to take the profession to the next level and assured that they will always support them to excel.

The National President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, Young Pharmacist Group, Pharmacist Olagunju Muyiwa who appreciated Governor Willie Obiano for his support, made it clear that inspite of the number of health practitioners produced yearly by accredited academic institutions in Nigeria, there is a disturbingly significant fraction of Nigeria that are medically underserved, hence the need for the conference to chat a new course for them to grow in the profession.

The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Pharmaceutical Matters, Pharmacist Chibuzor Okah who is also the National Leader of the Young Pharmacist Group, said that the Conference was to assemble Young Pharmacists all over Nigeria to brainstorm on how to break through in the profession, without compromising the ethics and thanked Governor Willie Obiano for his immense support.

The Member Representing Anambra East Constituency in the State House of Assembly, Pharmacist Obinna Emeneka who is the keynote speaker at the conference delivered a comprehensive Paper on “Disruptive Innovations: Young Pharmacists in Leadership and Policy Making”.

Our correspondent reports that Young Pharmacists from the Thirty Six States of Nigeria and the Federal Capital Territory, as well as stakeholders in the pharmaceutical profession attended the event.

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