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Gov Okowa approves recruitment of 40 pharmacists

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Determined to bridge the manpower deficiency of pharmaceutical personnel in government hospitals across Delta State, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa has approved the employment of 40 pharmacists.

Dr. Okowa gave the approval while playing host to the leadership and members of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, PSN, Delta State chapter, who visited him at the Government House, Asaba.

The governor expressed worry that out of 64 government hospitals in the state, 39 had no pharmacists, stressing that it is not a healthy development for the healthcare policies and programmes of his administration.

According to him, no hospital could perform optimally without the professional input of a pharmacist.

He explained that despite the present global economic challenges, his administration would ensure that government hospitals are fairly staffed to meet the healthcare needs of the people.

Governor Okowa pledged to look into all the issues presented to him with a view to addressing some of them for the overall good of residents.

On the alleged issue of harassment by some government agencies, he urged members of the society to take up the issue with the relevant agencies if they notice that what they (such agencies) are doing is not in line with the position of the law.

While saying that many Nigerians don’t pay tax, Governor Okowa harped on the need for Nigerians to always pay their taxes to enable government to continue to perform its obligations to the people.

“The real truth is that every hospital should have at least one pharmacist. We have been employing people along the line. The huge number of staff that we have in this state and the exposure that we have in terms of salaries does not seem to collaborate this position because if we have been employing staff in many other places (areas in the state civil service) I don’t see any reason why there should be lack of pharmacists within our hospitals. I think that is an anomaly and it must be corrected,” he said.

Earlier, the State Chairman, PSN, Pharmacist Kenneth Otenne disclosed that the visit was to commend Governor Okowa for his monumental achievements in all the positions that he had held as a politician and to also seek ways of partnership in moving the health sector forward.

Otenne outlined the challenges inhibiting the society to include shortage of pharmacists in government hospitals; denial of internship at the Delta State University Teaching Hospital, DELSUTH, and other state hospitals; absence of accommodation for pharmacists on internship and non-inclusion of pharmacists in the running of primary health care, as well as the contributory health insurance scheme among others.

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