Abuja – The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria has urged the Federal Government to dedicate substantial resources to drugs research development institutes in the country.
The President of the Society, Mr Olumide Akintayo, made the call at the 88th Annual National Conference of the society on Tuesday in Abuja.
He said such resources should be channeled through the various drugs research and production units in schools and faculties of pharmacy in the country and the Nigerians Institute of Pharmaceutical Research Development.
Akintayo, who decried the poor level of pharmaceutical research in the country, however, noted that such funding would boost the level of research by professionals in the field of pharmacy.
He added that it would go a long way to ensure quality healthcare delivery.
He explained that so many professors of pharmacy were wasting away due to non-conducive environment for sustainable research.
He noted that “we want government to dedicate substantial resources to research through the various drugs and production units in schools and faculties of pharmacy in Nigeria and the Nigerian Institutes of Pharmaceutical Research and Development.
“The experts are already there, so many professors of pharmacy are wasting away because the environment is not conducive to sustain research endeavours.
“Government has to do something about it. Rather than continue to spend money on some personnel in the healthcare sector, we need to be little more proactive by dedicating more resources to human resource development.”
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the theme of the conference is “Advancing Pharmacy Through Strategic Workforce Development Settings.” (NAN)