The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) has gone online to track and regulate the practice of pharmacy in the country. The move has paid up handsomely with the registration of 21,892 pharmacists in 2016.
The council Registrar Mr Elijah Mohammed disclosed this on Wednesday at a stakeholder’s sensitization and consultative forum organized by the council in Abuja.
Mohammed who noted that only 12,740 out of the numbers were licensed to practice however described this as grossly inadequate considering the nation’s population.
The registrar said the forum was aimed at rubbing minds with stakeholders on how to improve service delivery in the pharmaceutical sector of the country in order to ensure improved healthcare delivery to the masses.
He identified the gap between the number of registered and licensed pharmacists on failure of the professionals to obtain or renew their practicing licenses.
The registrar noted that a lot of these defaulters are found in academics, hospital administration, Telecommunication industries, NGOs among others adding that those in this categories are off the track.
He frowns at the responses by some of these unlicensed pharmacists when accosted “Some of them always respond by saying it is meaningless for me to obtain license since I am not practicing,’’.
Mohammed giving the statistical distribution of pharmacists in the pharmaceutical sector further decried that 190 out of the 774 LGAs have only one registered community pharmacists each while 584 have none.
According to him, the only way to bridge this gap is to ensure improved quality service delivery by the community pharmacists and the Patents and Proprietary Medicine Vendors (PPMVs).
Mohammed emphasized that was envisioned to create an enabling and regulatory environment for the provision of quality pharmaceutical services for sustainable healthcare delivery.
The registrar assured that the council is poised to reposition community pharmacists to improve quality of healthcare delivery in the country by ensuring efficient pharmacies practices in all the nooks and canings of the society.
Community Pharmacies and the PPMVs shops are the very first point of call by majority of Nigerians seeking health care services.
PPMVs are the households’ medicine dealers that deals on unethical drugs, they are the first point of call.
Majority of them do not have the health DNA in them, their main aim of coming into the field was to earn money rather than the wellbeing of patients.
We make them realized that it is because of somebody is sick that they are in the business and their essence should be to lessen the burden of the sick.
We infused in them that by indulging in the sales of fake and substandard drugs they are killing their clients which will is disadvantageous to their business.
The council is poised to reposition community pharmacies to improve quality of healthcare delivery in the country,’’ he said.