University VC Wants Stiffer Regulations For Drugs Handlers

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Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole

By; SANI ALIYU, Zaria

The Vice Chancellor, Federal University Gusau, Professor Magaji Garba has said, sub-standard and fake drugs literature has been well documented in Nigeria with the major challenge being lack of stiff regulations on who to handle drugs.

He stated this at the graduation and induction of pharmacy graduates of Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, stressing that everybody handles drugs and any drug so substandard and fake drugs abound.

Professor Magaji Garba noted with concern that all is wrong with the regulatory aspects of securing safe and standard drugs for the good health of the citizenry, and the outlook of the ugly practice is worst in rural areas.

He said, the main challenge for pharmacy graduates is to work in rural areas in order to offer professional services to improve the quality of health of those in the rural areas.

According to him, the indiscriminate use of herbal medicine has overtaken most medication market in the country with very dire consequences on the health of the populace, while kidney and liver are at the high risk by this practice.

He said all these challenges confronting pharmacy graduates with issues which must be solved for society to obtain good health by way of using safe drugs.

Professor Garba advised the graduating pharmacists to face the challenges ahead with all seriousness and to be prepared very well for achieving the desired results.

In his message the Vice Chancellor, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Prof. Ibrahim Garba, through Professor Kabir Bala, Deputy Vice Chancellor Administration said, ABU has given birth to many faculties of pharmacy in some university.

Professor Garba appeal to Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria to increase the number of admission into the pharmacy in the university.

The Vice Chancellor charged the graduating pharmacists to be good ambassadors of the university anywhere they find themselves.

According to him, hard work always pays when we work hard, honesty and integrity should be sustained even after the studies.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Dean, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Science, Ahmadu Bello University, Professor Nuhu Muhammad Danjuma said, the graduating pharmacists have work and all do very well.

Prof Danjuma said, the faculty is succeeding because of the staff commitment and dedication in both the academic and non-academic circle in ensuring the students do the best.

According to the Dean, the faculty’s infrastructures were overdue for either renovation or a new complex to meet up with the global practice.

Prof Danjuma expressed happiness over some partnering with some foreign institutions in the area of manpower training with the faculty.

A total of 118 pharmacy graduates were inducted into the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) a regulatory body saddled with the mandate of regulating pharmacists in Nigeria.

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