World Pharmacists’ Day: Expert urges review of training for pharmacists

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Ilorin, Kwara.

Dr Olubunmi Winter, the Executive Secretary of Kwara Health Insurance Agency (KWHIA), has called for the review of advanced clinical training for pharmacists in Nigeria.

Winter made the appeal on Monday in Ilorin in her paper presentation at the commemoration of the World Pharmacists’ Day organised by the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Kwara Chapter.

The theme of the day is entitled: “Pharmacy Strengthening the Health Systems”.

She submitted that pharmacists would continue to play an important role in strengthening the healthcare system in the country.

According to her, pharmacists are the only healthcare professionals trained to excel in knowledge of drugs action and offering pharmaceutical care.

“Therefore, the government needs to ensure that pharmacists are fully incorporated, and involved in the provision of pharmaceuticals care services in the health system.

“This shifts the focus of the pharmacy profession from drug product to patient-centred care for better clinical outcomes,” he said.

Winter postulated the benefits of including pharmacists are detection of drug therapy problems and developing various chronic disease indicators (CDIs).

She explained further that pharmacists-led care interventions are highly effective in long term disease prevention, medication therapy management and improvement in drug related patient outcome.

She advocated technologically driven solutions for some of the challenges that pharmacy practice face in Nigeria.

The expert asserted that transcription and electronic transmission of prescription to the pharmacy will allow dispensing to be completed before the patient arrived at the pharmacy, given the pharmacists room for more clinical care.

“An enabling environment must be created for health workers that inculcates training and retraining to keep up with the rapidly changing pharmacy space.

“This includes new technology out spacing old ones, with new more effective and compliance oriented drugs entities being introduced into Marketer’s she said.

Abuja356 reports that at a panelist discussion, healthcare providers from different field unanimously called for collaborations among them to strengthen the healthcare system in Nigeria.

Dr Abdulmalik Mohammed, the Kwara Chairman of PSN, enjoined pharmacists to be accountable in dispensing of drugs.

He explained that the pharmacists’ roles include Pharmacovigilance role in explaining to their patients what to expect from the drug.

Mohammed tasked pharmacists on the Pharmacists’ Council of Nigeria (PCN)-Mandatory Continuing Professional Development (MCPD) programme.

He explained that this is a re-certification programme developed by PCN for Pharmacists, aimed at keeping them abreast of current trends and developments in the pharmaceutical landscape as well as global best practices.

On his part, Dr AbdulRahman Malik, the Executive Secretary of the Kwara Hospital Management Board, underscored the need for the association to partner with the law enforcement and partnership with other stakeholders.

The expert also emphasised the need to incorporate good packaging of drugs, while enjoining members good dressing and presentation to their clients.

Similarly, Dr Ola Ahmed, the state Chairman of the Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), charged all healthcare providers on better relationship.

He observed that medical doctors have enough responsibility than to dabble in the area of responsibility for the pharmacists.

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