Written by Ijeoma UKAZU

Yakasai outlines priorities, urges rational drug use

National President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, PSN, Pharm. Ahmed Yakasai, has said that his priority is to strengthen the pharmaceutical society with collaborative, participatory, transparent leadership aimed at promoting rational use of drugs.

Yakasai, who urged cooperation from the medical community, disclosed that he would work towards sourcing for research grants to undertake research and independent assessment of drug quality, mandatory continuing professional development, MCPD, while collaborating with the academia.

The new president, who is the 20th president of the PSN at his first press conference in Lagos, told journalists that he is set to enhance the role of the association by means of wider advocacy at various national and international forums.

As part of his vision, the PSN boss said he will establish a Medicines Information Centre in collaboration with the UK Medicines Information Service, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain and Monitor Health Care.

"This is with the aim of finding ways of helping to reduce adverse drug events and medication related errors, reducing prescription, dosage, and duplicate therapy errors, providing standard terminology and improved data entry, helping improve organizational efficiency, providing access to continually updated, evidenced-based clinical content and enhancing patient safety", stating that the project has since commenced and will soon be officially unveiled.

He however said that there is need to review pharmacy laws and regulation in collaboration with relevant arms of government in tandem with global best practices.

In terms of insurance, he intends to initiate professional indemnity insurance to pharmacists and strengthen group insurance adding that he will pursue vigorously the welfare of health workers in Nigeria.

He added that he will work towards the implementation of National Drug Distribution Guidelines, NDDG, Promote, support Drug Research and Development.


On appraisal, Yakasai said, the health sector though faced with challenges has achieved giant strides especially in her ability to curtail and prevent fresh cases of Ebola Virus Disease, calls for re-orientation of Nigerians against Lassa Fever.



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