• Want residency programme for other health workers
PHARMACISTS under the aegis of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) have commended the Federal Government over its efforts to control the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) even as they called for total re-organization of the residency programme for doctors.
President PSN, Olumide Akintayo, in a letter to President Goodluck Jonathan dated August 21, 2014 and titled “Re-organization of residency programmes for health professionals in federal health institutions” said there is a need for residency programmes in Pharmacy, Laboratory Science, Nursing, Radiography, Physiotherapy and others to address the myriad of complexities that are emerging in public health.
The pharmacists appealed that specific directives are given to the Federal Ministry of Health to create the platform of a representative committee of all health professionals, which would be led by the Permanent Secretary or other skilled administrator to guarantee an unbiased output in the best interest of consumers of health in Nigeria.
The Letter reads: “… The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria finds it necessary to commend the Federal Government for its laudable efforts to contain the spread of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) through proactive measures anchored by the Federal Ministry of Health. It is impressive that the output of the Federal Government is yielding dividends as fatality rate in Nigeria is about 50 per cent compared to a global average of 90 per cent.
•Say, they need to access fund for disease
Pix: Some members of West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists (WAPCP) during this year’s conference.
Worried by the present emergency health situation in the country, Pharmacists under the aegis of Faculty of Community Pharmacy of the West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists (WAPCP) in collaboration with the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN) has rolled out guidelines that will fast-track efforts to contain the deadly Ebola virus disease (EVD) and avert an epidemic in the country.
The rules which were made available to Daily Newswatch on Tuesday are fallout of the communiqué issued after a seminar which was organised by the Faculty of Community Pharmacy of the WAPCP in collaboration with ACPN on Tuesday, at Yaba, Lagos under the Chairmanship of Pharm. Azubuike B. Okwor.
The seminar with the theme: “Ebola Virus Disease – Harmonizing Pharmacists Response,” is in line with the national response and the pledge of pharmacists to contribute in the effort to stop the spread of EVD in the country.
• Say, it’ll resume strike
Pix: From right: Olumide Akintayo, President, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN); Dr. Godswill Okara, President, AMLSN and Chairman, Assembly of Healthcare Professional Associations (AHPA); Comrade Wabba Ayuba, Chairman, Joint Health Sector Unions (JOHESU) and Mr. Abdulrafiu Adeniji, President, National Association of Nigerian Nurses and Midwives (NANNM) during the press briefing jointly organized by the AHPN and JOHESU on latest developments in the health sector, at Pharmacy House, Anthony Village, Lagos, recently. Photo: CHIOMA UMEHA
The fragile health sector which is still grappling with the outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) amid doctors’ strike may soon be plunged into a deeper quagmire as workers said they are ready for another showdown with government.
• More Nigerian doctors volunteer to tackle condition
• Commissions National Trauma Centre
• Disease outbreak tops agenda at emergency National Council on Health meeting
• PSN tasks members, scientific researchers on development of drugs, vaccines
AS part of efforts to prevent the spread of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) and brainstorm on new strategies, the Federal Ministry of Health (FMoH) on Monday convened a two-day emergency National Council on Health (NCH) meeting and commissioned the National Trauma Centre.
Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, at a press conference on Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak in Nigeria explained how the virus landed in the country and what the government is doing to address the situation.
Chukwu, also, in his speech on the strategies of government to prevent the spread of EVD at the National Council on Health urged all members of Council to rise up to this National Public Health Emergency and replicate the actions at the Federal level to the state level.