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PSN in the News

 

NATIONAL CONFERENCE SHOULD NOT CREATE OFFICE OF SURGEON GENERAL – AKINTAYO

Olumide Akintayo is the National President of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN).  Akintayo who is an executive member of the Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) and Assembly of All Healthcare Professionals in Nigeria (AHPN) last weekend, reacted to the recent lobby on the current National Conference delegates to create the office of Surgeon General and a National Health Commission among other issues. CHIOMA UMEHA (HEALTH EDITOR) has the details. EXCERPTS:

The clamour for the creation of the Office of Surgeon General and establishment of a proposed National Health Commission has continued to intensify despite demands from the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) to government against taking such steps. It has also been learnt that the on-going National Conference delegates are being lobbied to create the Office of Surgeon General and a National Health Commission. Is PSN aware of this?

Information at our disposal has confirmed that there are papers flying around on sensitive issues like creating the office of Surgeon General and a National Health Commission.

PSN FLAYS CREATION OF OFFICE OF SURGEON GENERAL

Pharmaceutical-Society-HoldBy Godwin Haruna

The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) has once again flayed the attempts to create the Office of the Surgeon General of the Federation and the proposed National Health Commission.


In a statement in Lagos signed by its president, Mr. Olumide Akintayo, PSN said the latest kite flying at the National Conference was being orchestrated by the Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu using the national lesderdhip of the Nigerian Medical Association as foot soldiers.

“More ridiculous are the attempts by these same players to use the instrument of the National Conference to privatise pharmacy and medical laboratory science practices in public health facilities,” he added.

Responding to the alleged schemings, Akintayo said: “Ordinarily, we would have ignored the conspiracy to privatise these professional practices by persons who insist on vindictive purposelessness against perceived arrowheads of genuine reforms in health care, but in a country where opinion leaders carry on with the peculiarity of a dysfunction of the protoplasm, nothing can be safely taken for granted.

PHARMACISTS CAUTION CONFAB MEMBERS OVER ALLEGED LOBBY BY MEDICAL DOCTORS FOR CREATION OF OFFICE OF SURGEON GENERAL, HEALTH COMMISSION

PHARMACISTS under the aegis of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) has cautioned members of the on-going National Conference on alleged lobby by medical doctors led by Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, and the leadership of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) for creation of the Office of Surgeon General and the establishment of a proposed National Health Commission.

President of PSN, Olumide Akintayo, yesterday in a press statement also alleged attempts by medical doctors to use the instrument of the National Conference to privatise pharmacy and medical laboratory science practice in public health facilities.

“Ordinarily we would have ignored the conspiracy to privatise these professional practices by persons who insist on vindictive purposelessness against perceived arrowheads of genuine reforms in healthcare, but in a country where opinion leaders carry on with the peculiarity of a dysfunction of the protoplasm, nothing can be safely taken for granted,” he said.

HEALTH WORKERS MAY BEGIN STRIKE APRIL 29

Plan protest to House of Reps over Health Bill

HEALTH professionals, under the aegis of the Joint Health Workers Union (JOHESU), may begin an indefinite nationwide strike from April 29 if the Federal Government refuses to meet their demands during the next negotiating meeting slated for last week of April. 

National President of the Nigerian Union of Allied Health Professionals (NUAHP), Mr. Felix Olukayode-Faniran, one of the union leaders of JOHESU, who made the plan known in Lagos yesterday, said Nigerians should not blame health workers if the planned strike becomes a reality. 

Olukayode-Faniran also revealed that JOHESU members are planning to make a visit to House of Representatives to protest some contentious areas in the National Health Bill that were not dealt with by the Senate. 

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