By Fatima Mohammed-Lawal
Ilorin, – The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Kwara Chapter, on Wednesday in Ilorin, pledged to support the State Hospital Management Bureau in repositioning the healthcare system across the 16 local government areas of the state.
Mr Majid Ojerinde, the Former Chairman of PSN-Kwara stated thisduring a courtesy visit of the association on the newly appointed Executive Secretary of the board, Dr Abdulraheem Malik.
Ojerinde described Malik as a hard working dedicated pharmacist, who is passionate about the health of citizens in Kwara.
According to him, the actions of the executive secretary in returning to his root from diaspora to contribute his quota to the health sector in the state is commendable.
He asserted that the PSN would give maximum support to the board at ensuring that the administration of Gov. AbdulRahaman AbdulRazaq achieve the set objectives in revamping the state’s health sector.
Responding, Malik commended the PSN for the goodwill, adding that he needs all the support he can get from his constituency.
He observed that the state government is passionate about repositioning the health sector, adding that through communal efforts, much progress will be achieved in the provision of quality healthcare.
The executive secretary pledged that the board would also ensure that necessary changes that would be beneficial for the progress of the hospitals were executed for maximum efficiency.
In her good will message, Hajia Aduke Kuranga, a former Commissioner for Health in the state, expressed joy and optimism that Malik would bring his expertise on board and make a difference in the health system of the state.
She recalled that Kwara was used as case study by other states, especially in the area of Essential Drug Programme, adding that various states came to understudy the programme.
Kuranga expressed optimism that the initiatives, such as the Quality Control Laboratory for analysis of drugs, would be revived.
Also speaking, Dr Sa’ad Abdullahi, the Acting Dean of the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences of the University of Ilorin, however appealed to the executive secretary on students of the university internship programmes to be included at the general hospital.
He explained that currently the university is offering PharmD programme, adding that at 500 level to 600 level, students of Pharmacy will be expected to undertake their clinicals. (NAN)