The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria has said the ratio of pharmacists to the Nigerian population is low, adding that efforts are ongoing to encourage more admission seekers to study pharmacy.
Acting Registrar of the council, Mrs. Gloria Abumere, stated this at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, where 98 pharmacy graduates were inducted into the profession.
According to Abumere, the number of pharmacists nationwide is below 20, 000, adding that the number is low when compared with the population of the country.
A statement by the Head, Public Relations Unit, OAU, Mr. Abiodun Olanrewaju, on Monday, stated that the university would remain focused on production of employable graduates.
Abumere said, “We want to encourage people to read pharmacy but we won’t compromise standard in the process. The production of these 98 graduates would again help address the paucity of pharmacists in the healthcare delivery system of the country.
“This number of pharmacists would definitely increase the circle of influence of the pharmacy profession. It is also hoped that these young graduates will go out there to halt the declining trend in the health indices of our country.”
Decrying the menace of fake drugs, Abumere said that the enforcement unit of PCN had been on the vanguard of fishing out fake drug manufacturers.
She said, “We are performing our function of checking fake drug production through our enforcement unit. We renew the licences of pharmacists every year. In areas where we suspect fake drug production, we strictly monitor such areas.”
Abumere noted that there was no need for supremacy tussle between various medical professionals, stressing that all medical professions are interdependent.
“We must all work together as one team. No one profession can claim to be superior to others or can work without the others in the field,” she said.
OAU Vice- Chancellor, Prof.Bamitale Omole, congratulated the inductees and charged them to utilise positively the discipline and skills inculcated in them by the university.
He said, “Go out into the world and use the discipline and skills imparted in you by Great Ife. You must stand out and let humanity profit from your knowledge.”