Plot to dismantle open drug markets across the country; especially in Kano is top on the agenda of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria.
The society which also got a parcel of land donated to it by the Kano State government is currently holding this year’s council meeting in the state capital.
Apparently worried by the menace of open drug markets in the country where counterfeits and fake drugs thrive, National President of the society, Alhaji Ahmed Ibrahim Yakasai, who disclosed this, explained that the meeting would deliberate on certain critical issues, including dismantling of open drug markets, training of pharmacists as well as pharmaceutical research and development.
Meanwhile, as part of the determination to boost Pharmaceutical activities in the state, the government has donated a parcel of land to the state branch of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, PSN, to erect a secretariat in the state capital.
The state governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, announced the donation in a speech during the 2nd National Council meeting 2016, of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, at Tahir Guest Palace in Kano.
He said the state government was encouraged to give the land to the association because it recently generated donations of about N10 million from the public for that purpose, pointing out that constructing the secretariat would facilitate better coordination of its activities.
“We recognise that pharmacists remain central to any credible health system in view of their vital roles as custodians of medicine”, the governor stated, stressing that the dispensing capacity gives credibility to health outcomes all over the world.
Regarding the agitation for recognition of Consultancy Cadres in hospital Pharmacy practice, the governor assured that it will be implemented in Kano as soon as due process is met.
Dr. Ganduje further promised that the government “would continue to support the training of youths to emerge as Pharmacists in the foreseeable future through generous scholarship awards”.
While leading the agenda for sanitising drug distribution in all parts of the state, the governor maintained that his administration would continue to strive towards ensuring that pharmacies and related facilities operate within the limits of law, while the state task force on fake and counterfeit drugs would be mobilised for optimal performance.
However ,Alhaji Yakasai commended the government of the state for sponsoring many of its indigenes to study medicine and pharmacy abroad, and urged the administration to bond both its local and foreign pharmacy students to avoid brain drain.

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