Review Extant Laws to Strengthen Health Sector: says Pharmacists

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The Federal Government has received a request from the Association of Hospital and Administrative Pharmacists of Nigeria (AHAPN) to strengthen the health sector, by reviewing the University Teaching Hospital Act (Reconstitution of Boards) Decree 10 of 1985 (now Act Cap U. 15 LFN).

Addressing reporters after the association’s 24th yearly National Scientific Conference in Lagos, the National Chairman, Olabode Ogunjemiyo, said that the request poses a sustainable solution to several cases of mismanagement affecting the healthcare space in the country.

Ogunjemiyo said: “We are, however, saddened that not a single pharmacist made the President’s cabinet. We call on President Bola Tinubu to ensure that pharmacists are represented in the boards of federal teaching hospitals when the time is ripe. This will allow for full representation of pharmacists in the scheme of things.”

He agreed to the fact that in the health sector, there are several cases of mismanaged human and material resources.

The AHAPN helmsman added: “A case in point is the mismanagement of the Drug Revolving Fund (DRF) of health institutions in the country, through outright pillaging of its capital with a consequence of stock-outs and unavailability of essential medicines needed for preventing and curing diseases most commonly suffered by Nigerians.”

According to the association, poor implementation of the DRF scheme, prevention of pharmacists from providing direct pharmaceutical care to patients, outright refusal by the Federal Ministry of Health and chief executive officers of hospitals to implement the newly approved call duty allowances and entry point for pharmacists with Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) degree, are some of the reasons behind the high emigration of hospital and administrative pharmacists.

Ogunjemiyo stressed that the unfavourable working condition of pharmacists and alleged discriminatory welfare packages in the country’s public hospitals and non-implementation of circulars and policies were also part of the reasons for the emigration syndrome in the health sector and should therefore be looked into.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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