To save the nation’s pharmacy profession from quackery and other fraudulent practices, the Nigeria Academy of Pharmacy (NAPharm) , has called on pharmacists in the country to uphold and ensure high ethical standards in the practice of the profession.
The Academy, inaugurated in June last year, also wants the incoming Minister of Health, to bring harmony among the various professional groups in the health sector, so that there can be peace and progress in the sector.
President of NAPharm , Prince Julius Adelusi-Adeluyi, made the call in Lagos yesterday, during a press briefing on the forthcoming
Investiture of new Fellows of the Academy and NAPharm Lifetime Achievement Award, scheduled to hold on Tuesday, 27th Octo- ber,2015, at Sheraton Hotels and Towers, Ikeja .
Adelusi-Adeluyi who was represented at the briefing by the Vice President of the Academy, Sir Ifeanyi Atueyi, said maintaining ethical standards in the pharmacy profession ,will make the profession a more fulfilling and meaningful enterprise not only for pharmacists but also the communities in which they serve.
The President pointed out that NAPharm was networking with similar Academies as well as regulatory bodies and associations within and outside Nigeria to ensure high ethical standards in the practice ofthe profession
Adelusi-Adeluyi noted that the Academy was made up of successful pharmacists who have distinguished themselves in the corporate world, in the academia and public service and have contributed significantly to nation building.
Apart from providing expert opinion, the President added that the Academy taught leadership in the education and practice of pharmacy .
According to the Former Minister of Health, there would be investiture of 22 new Fellow’s into the Academy during the forthcoming event which will have the Former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, as the Special Guest ofHonour.
Adding that the 22 new Fellow’s will be the first set of fellow’s to be admitted into the Academy after its inauguration with 48 Foundation Fellow’s in 2014.
Adelusi-Adeluyi further noted that the Academy would honour the immediate past Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, with the first NA- Pharm Lifetime Achievement Award, for his selfless service and contribution to the stability and progress ofNigeria especially for leading INEC to conduct one of the most credible elections in Nigeria’s history, even in the face of so many challenge.
He affirmed that several organisations including the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC);Pharmaceutical Society ofNigeria(PSN);Pharmacists Council ofNigeria(PCN); the Association of Nigerian Representatives of Overseas Pharmaceutical Manufacturers (NIROPHARM); Pharmaceutical among others groups have been invited in the investiture, award and annual dinner event.
Also speaking, Assistant General Secretary of NAPharm, Mr. Anthony Akhimien, suggested that the incoming Minister of Health, must prepare his mind to settle the dispute ad disharmony in the health sector, if the sector must witness growth and development as well as peace and progress.
– Angela Onwuzoo