By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Chairman of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) in Oyo State, Mr Abiodun Ajibade on Monday said no fewer than 5,000 of the less than 30,000 pharmacists in the country have left the country for greener pastures.
Mr Ajibade who stated this while speaking with newsmen at the commencement of the 2019 Oyo state Pharmacy Week in Ibadan lamented that as a result of this, “Pharmacists population in Nigeria is now very low,
Specifically , the PSN Chairman noted “of less than 30 thousand total population of practicing Pharmacists in Nigerian, over five thousand of them have gone outside the country”
“Pharmacists population in Nigeria is very low, this is inspite of the great potentials for growth occasioned by continuous emigration of Pharmacists whom Nigeria has spent heavily to train as a result of poor practice environment”, he said
The PSN Chairman added, “in the last couple of months, out of the few numbers of Pharmacists in University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan, a lot of them have migrated to Canada,”.
Lamenting that “most of the young Pharmacists from Nigeria are all on their way to Canada, processing their Visas here and there, “, Mr Ajibade said “the major reason for their migration is because the enabling environment for pharmaceutical practice in Nigeria is challenging, considering that Pharmacists in the country has such low level of recognition”.
On the challenges of safe medicine in Nigeria, Mr Ajibade stressed that ” even though medicines are produced under the approved good manufacturing practice, conveyed through good distribution practice and stored appropriately, it does not guarantee the safety and effectiveness of medicines in the hands of the health consuming public”.
“In a nation where the average populace spend heavily on out of pocket basis for their health needs, it is so sad that the required value are lost because many of them are often denied quality pharmaceutical care. A situation where our hospitals do not have pharmacists, especially the private hospitals, but are offering medicines to the patients, is a great disservice Nigeria is doing to the populace and a breach of their fundamental human right”.
Speaking on the importance of technology in delivering safe and effective medicines for all Nigerians, Mr Ajibade said, “Imbibing technology in its various shades has great advantage to multiply the capacity of Pharmacists fo reach larger group of people, adding that with over 85 million Nigerians using smartphones, services of Pharmacists can obviously be sought if this is well exploited”.