SPEECH BY THE NATIONAL CHAIRMAN OF THE ASSOCIATION OF HOSPITAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE PHARMACISTS OF NIGERIA (AHAPN) DR. KINGSLEY CHIEDU AMIBOR FPCPharm AT THE COURTESY VISIT TO THE HONOURABLE MINISTER OF HEALTH, DR. OSAGIE EHANIRE ON MONDAY, 12TH OCTOBER, 2020
It is with great pleasure that I present this address on the occasion of the courtesy visit to the Honourable Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire by the leadership of the Association of Hospital and Administrative Pharmacists of Nigeria (AHAPN).
We bring you greetings from the National Executive Committee (NEC) and the entire membership of the Association of Hospital and Administrative Pharmacists of Nigeria (AHAPN). AHAPN is a technical arm of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria and comprises pharmacists that practice in public and private hospitals, parastatal clinics and regulatory agencies such as the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), NAFDAC and so on.
Permit me to begin by first and foremost thanking the Honourable Minister for granting us this opportunity to see him after several attempts. We congratulate the Honourable Minister over your appointment as Minister of Health by the federal government and for the strides you are making in office since your appointment, despite prevailing challenges like dwindling economy and others.
In particular Sir, we wish to appreciate the speed and efficiency with which the Federal Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 successfully managed the Corona pandemic that culminated in saving of lives of millions of Nigerians, contrary to predictions from several agencies including the World Health Organization (WHO). We thank God the COVID-19 curve is flattening in Nigeria and we earnestly pray that it will continue to go down until the virus is completely eradicated worldwide. We also wish to inform the Honourable Minister that pharmacists have been very active since the Corona outbreak producing hand sanitizers in massive doses, sodium hypochlorite and other disinfectants in addition to providing medicines needed by COVID-19 patients. In the process not less than 50 pharmacists got infected with the virus and 3 died. May their souls rest in peace.
We also wish to thank the Federal Government for the recent release of the Circular for Consultant Pharmacists cadre. The approval is coming at the right time because modern healthcare delivery all over the world is anchored on rendering specialized care for the overall benefit of the patient. This is what the consultant pharmacists have come to offer, to render specialized patient care that will lead to better outcomes in terms of reduction in length of hospital stay, reduction in costs of care and overall improvement in quality of life of patients.
Honourable Minister Sir, our major reason for this visit is to intimate you of the challenges that are militating against the rendering of optimal pharmaceutical services in our hospitals and our recommendations on how to positively address them for the good of patients.