Paul Obajunwo, Port Harcourt
The Rivers State branch of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) in their campaign to ensure accessibility and availability of drugs to members of the public recently donated drugs and food items to the home for elderly and motherless babies home.
The visit which started with sensitization awareness on fake drugs and the operation of quack in the profession gave pharmacists operating in the State the opportunity to suggest and contribute the way forward for a healthy society.
Speaking after the donation at the orphanage home, the Chairman PSN Rivers State chapter Pharm. Godson Chukunda said his group had identified quack in the profession as one of the major challenges facing the organization. He said they need security officers to arrest the imposters who he alleged have sent many people to early grave by their fake practices.
Chukunda said in spite of their effort to ensure access to medicines and good pharmacy practice in the state many criminals are still fighting hard to defile all laws and make mockery of the practice. “The bitter truth is that in Rivers State we are working round the clock to make sure that we sanitize the system. We need security officers to arrest the imposters; of course security is not free again in Nigeria. We have always warned the public that the Neon sign is a symbol of professional pharmacist. Drug is an ingredient and if you don’t store it well you will be taking poison, I want to use this medium to inform Nigerians that taking drugs deserve information and whenever you take drugs without information it’s as good as jeopardizing your health.”
In the same vein, Pharm. Donatus Ijezie the Vice President Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN) who was at the visit to the motherless home said they are at the motherless home and the home for the elderly as part of the sensitization awareness on accessibility of drug to the public.
He noted that the responsible use of medicines depends on the synergy between pharmacists and other members of the health care team. “This partnership must be based on agreed vision, shared goals and commitment, vital skills, rapport and ability to dialogue positively. Health as a fundamental human right is indispensable in achieving other rights especially the right to development and right to living a life of dignity.”