The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) on Wednesday inducted 16 pharmacists who graduated from the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Kaduna State University.
Mr Elijah Mohammed, the council’s Registrar, during the Oath taking ceremony, congratulated the young pharmacists for completing what he described as the first phase of their training.
“You have completed the first set of your training as professionals and now fit to compete favourably with other colleagues in all areas of practice for service to humanity and also to God,” Mohammed said.
He said the second phase of the training would commence with a one-year Statutory Internship Training programme for all pharmacists in the country, “including those trained abroad without evidence of licensure in their countries of practice”.
“The internship training programme must be undertaken in only Pharmacists Council accredited internship training institutions.
” I enjoin you all to take this one year very seriously as there may not be opportunities to make up for any time wasted.”
Mohammed said that the PCN was aware of the challenges posed by the dynamics of the profession, technological advancement, increasing disease burden, adverse drug reactions, interactions and resistance.
He said that to address this, PCN has institutionalised continuing professional development programmes to ensure continued relevance of pharmacists in the health sector and governance in general.
“It is worthy to note that pharmacists competency is not only about knowledge and skills, but include critical thinking and decision making, innovation, social interaction and inter-professional relationship.
” This is the third and life-long phase of pharmacy training and as a life long learning process based on the eight star concept of WHO, this indeed is the ticket to the school of life.”
He urged them to pass their Pre-registration Examination for Pharmacists (PEP) after their internship to be eligible to practice.
“I wish to use this opportunity to appeal to the graduands to see the PEP as a quality assurance tool to strengthen our standards in line with global best practices.”
According to him, the PharmD programme as approved by the National Universities Commission (NUC) is receiving support from the University Senate of all approved faculties of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
“To adequately prepare the lectures and preceptors for the PharmD programme, the PCN in conjunction with University of Benin and Nigerian Association of Pharmacists and Pharmaceutical Scientists in the Americas, organised a two session special PharmD training for academic Pharmacists and preceptors.
” The training has produced efficient manpower for the take-off of PharmD in all accredited Faculties of Pharmacy/ Pharmaceutical Sciences in Nigerian Universities.
” I am happy to inform you that about five Universities have commenced PharmD programme and more are joining.
“As Pharmacists, you are expected to get acquainted with the Code of Professional Ethics, which prescribed your professional and moral responsibilities to patients, colleagues, other professionals, employers and the general public,” Mohammed said.
The registrar said strict compliance to the code of ethics is indispensable for the practice of the pharmacy profession.
He explained that the council frowned at professional misconduct in its entirety, adding that strict compliance to the code of ethics is indispensable to the practice of the profession.
The Dean of the faculty, Dr Zulaihatu Abdullahi expressed delight for the successful graduation of the 16 students.
According to her, the pharmacy profession is a noble one that guarantees opportunities for new graduates to have great prospect of practicing in different fields.
She listed such fields to include industries, communities, hospitals, administration, research, academia and other human endeavors like information technology, journalism, publishing and governance.
“With these, the graduands have options to select and in doing the work, they shouldn’t undermine the activities of colleagues.
” The Pharmacy practice is collaborative. You can excel in each of these areas,” Abdullahi said.
She thanked the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Muhammad Tanko, for the continued support to the faculty.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof.Muhammad Tanko congratulated the graduating pharmacists for their work that led to their successful graduation.
“The Pharmacist today remain legally responsible for the safe and accurate dispensing of medication most especially ethical medicines.
“And additional responsibility as integral member of the health care team to educate, monitor and care for patients,” Tanko said.
He said the university would continue to provide the needed learning environment and facilities to ensure quality outcomes that would produce the needed manpower for socio-economic development of Kaduna state and the nation.(NAN)
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