President of the Nigerian Medical Association, Dr Francis Faduyile has commended pharmacists for playing an integral role in the push to provide quality healthcare services in country.
Faduyile who felicitated with the President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, Mr. Tanko Yakassai, pharmacists in Nigeria and all over the globe on the occasion of the World Pharmacists Day, however, called on them to lead the battle against the abuse of drugs, especially cough mixtures containing codeine.
According to the NMA president, the theme for this year’s World Pharmacists Day, “Pharmacists: Your Medicines Experts” is a reflection of the key role played by pharmacists within the healthcare team globally.
The association in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Dr Obitade Obimakinde, called for continued collaboration between NMA and PSN.
The statement read in part: “In line with the theme for this year’s celebration, we urge the PSN to reflect on the poor health indices of Nigerians and come out with the roles you can play to stem the ugly tide.
“The prescription right abuse with the abuse of narcotics as well as codeine needs the concerted efforts off all stakeholders to curb the menace.
“We also wish to reiterate our commitment to maintain the already established cordiality and collaboration with your members, ensuring harmony within the health sector for the benefit of the patients”.