Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Pharmaceutical Society, celebrates World Pharmacist Day, set to tackle drug abuse

| 27th September 2019 | Ukorebi Esien

In line with the 2019 World Pharmacist Day, the Calabar branch of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria took to the streets of Calabar on a road walk  with the aim of sensitising and educating the public on the need for effective and correct usage of drugs.

Speaking to participants of this year's celebration in Calabar, the Chairman, Board of Fellows, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, Prof. Mbang Femi-Oyewo revealed that the abuse and miss use of drugs is one of the biggest challenges facing the nation as it has destroyed many youths and currently posses a threat to Nigeria's future. She lamented that a greater part of youths in the country, especially those in the North East have been consumed and destroyed by drug abuse. 

Prof. Mbang Femi-Oyewo who is also the Dean, Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Calabar, called for collaboration and adequate empowerment of Pharmacist especially community Pharmacist so as to effectively tackle the menace in a bid to safe the future of the youths and the nation at large. 

"The youths are the future of any nation and this evil menace called drug abuse have eaten deep into the fiber of our youths, teenagers and even children in most cases. Now if the youths, teenagers and children are destroyed by drugs abuse then this generation is at risk and the future of this country is gone". She noted. 

"The community Pharmacist are recognized by World Health Organization as the first port of call and that's why they must be empowered to ensure safe and effective use of drugs. When they are trained and empowered, they will be no miss use and abuse of drugs". She added. 

Speaking further, Prof. Femi-Oyewo, said the Board of Fellows of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria has dedicated the next two years to tackle and conquer the menace with the aim of completely putting an end to drug abuse  and miss use in Nigeria. 

"We don't just want to have save medicine but we want to have effective medicines. having the right patient to take the right drugs, the right dosage at the right time for the right diagnosis". The Board of Fellows have decided to dedicate the next two years to combat and conquer drugs abuse and miss use, bringing it to a stand still in Nigeria especially in the North East where its rampant". She concluded. 

Also speaking at the event, Pharmacist Ekpenyong Effiong, Chairman of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, Cross River State Branch called on members to unite together and protect the profession, reminding them that they must protect and fight for the survival and relevance of the profession in the country. 

He called on relevant authorities to see pharmacy as a practice that can only be carried out by trained personnel, stating that the profession should be encouraged and empowered to live up to its code. 

"Let's keep thinking of what we can do to add value and relevance to the profession, let's unite to protect the profession, because for PSN to gain momentum and relevance in Nigeria, we really need to join hands. Strangers can't build our profession for us, they can only attempt to scatter us, it's in our place to maintain the bound and keep the vision and relevance of the profession soaring higher". He advised. 

High point of the event was the 7km road walk which saw both practitioners and students from Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Calabar educating the public on save and effective use of drugs. 

Recall that the United Nations had set aside 25th September of every year as World Pharmacist Day. According to the UN, the 2019 edition of the World Pharmacists Day is targeted at promoting safe and effective medicines for all. 

This year's celebration was themed: "Safe and effective medicines for all". The International Pharmaceutical Federation had hunted that the theme aims to highlight the key role that pharmacists play in protecting patient safety through improved medicine use and reduced medication errors.

Below are photos of the celebration in Calabar.