September 01, 2019
Welcome to the last quarter of the year. The month under review has been a month packed full with activities.
We wish to commend Pharmacists who have completed their annual and/or premises registration for 2019. However, I wish to strongly encourage those who are yet to renew either practicing Licenses and/or Premises licences to do so as registration is on-going. This is because PCN is working hard towards having reliable data base on pharmacists and premises to assist Government plan for the health needs of the citizenry.
In the month of August, 2019 a total of 393 new Pharmacists were inducted into our noble Profession. This comprises 153 from Madonnna University, 71 from University of Jos, 27 from Kaduna State University, 33 from University of Ilorin and 109 from successful participants of the First cycle of the Foreign Pharmacy Graduate Orientation Programme (FPGOP) for 2019. Join me therefore in congratulating and welcoming these new breed of Pharmacists into our noble profession. Furthermore, PCN made accreditation visit to Bayero University, Kano on August 18 – 22, 2019.
In PCN’s continuous efforts to ensure that the general populace is guaranteed a good pharmaceutical environment, PCN enforcement activities on illegal premises have been regular nationwide. In the month of August therefore, the PCN National Enforcement Team visited Cross River State and sealed 218 drug outlets, comprising of 210 Patent Medicines Shops and 8 Pharmacies that failed to comply with PCN legal operational provisions. In the process 7 persons were arrested for gross misconduct and those arrested will be charged to court accordingly.
Arising from good collaboration and synergy with all professional Associations of Pharmacy in Nigeria, PCN delegation attended the 21st AHAP Annual National Scientific Conference, held in Sokoto on July 29 – August 02, 2019. Pharm. Emily Olalere represented the Registrar and, presented Registrar’s remarks on the theme, “Innovative Disruption in Pharmacy a Road Map for Hospital and Administrative Pharmacy Practice”. PCN was also well represented at the Nigeria Association of Pharmacists in Academia (NAPA) conference held in Abuja on August 25 – 30, 2019.
The Registry wishes to commend the leadership role of the PSN President, Pharm. Mazi Ohabunwa FPSN, OFR in bringing together all relevant stakeholders to amicably resolve the matter on PPMVL Tiering to the benefit of Nigeria populace and in understanding of Government efforts to achieve universal health coverage.
Capacity building for staff of the PCN has been a priority agenda of the current leadership of the PCN, hence Directors in PCN were in Lagos at LCCI Conference and Exhibition Centre, Alausa, Ikeja, to attend a training workshop on Leadership Development and Strategic Management. While, the Deputy Directors and Assistant Directors also had a workshop training on Leading with Ethics and Compliance both in the month of August, 2019.
Finally, I wish to acknowledge and appreciate all Pharmacists and others who left their tight schedule to attend the wedding ceremony of my daughter. May God Almighty reward you all for your encouragement, support and prayers.
Yours in Service,
Elijah Mohammed, FPSN, FNIM, FPCPharm, FNAPharm,