Prince (Dr) Julius Adewale Adelusi-Adeluyi, a Nigerian pharmacist and legal practitioner, has said that the academic curriculum of the study of Pharmacy in Nigerian Institutions needed to be remodelled.
Pharm Adelusi who is also the National President of Nigeria Academy of Pharmacy said this at the 40th Anniversary of the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN), on Tuesday, 31st of August, 2021, held at Conference Hall, Abeokuta Ogun State.
The veteran pharmacist who was speaking on behalf of the Chairman of the occasion, Dr (Mrs) Dere Awosika, MFR, Mni, said that the academic curriculum for graduates of Pharmacy in Nigeria should be such that would enable them to cope with management.
He further stated that training of future healthcare practitioners in the field should tally with the technological advancements around the globe.
Dr Adelusi-Adeluyi also noted that he was proud to represent Dr (Mrs) Awosika, who is also the Chairman of Access Bank Plc, adding that she had contributed greatly to the development of the Association of Community Pharmacists.
He further said that he was happy to note that the quality of the profession had boosted immensely.
Dr Adelusi-Adeluyi lauded the outgoing National Chairman of the ACPN, Dr Samuel O. Adekola, MAW, DSA, stating that he had done well in his 3 years of leadership.
He however advised the outgoing National Chairman not to throw stone at every dog that barks at him.
He further urged all Pharmacists to be truthful in whatever they say and do.
The Juli Plc Boss said Pharmacists need to be fair in all their endeavours so as to improve the profession.
According to him, the ACPN is more than 40 yrs old, due to its being the strongest backbone of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN).
Dr Adelusi also said that Pharmacist profession was a numero uno job and should be treated as such.
He was honoured as the Doyen of Pharmacy Award 2021, in Nigeria by the ACPN.
In his speech, the outgoing National Chairman of the ACPN, Dr Samuel O. Adekola appreciated all Executives and members of the Association for their love and support to his administration.
Dr Adekola noted that the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria, which was formerly established as a technical arm of the PSN, had now grown to a laudable stage.
He also quoted World Health Organisation, stating that Community Pharmacists are the Health professionals most accessible to the public and are a cornerstone of primary health care.
He added that the role of Community Pharmacists is expanding globally.
Dr Adekola also said the theme of the Conference, ‘Abuja 2020 Declaration: Equipping Community Pharmacists for Universal Health Coverage,’ was deliberately chosen to reaffirm and move the Association’s commitment to the global agenda of Universal Health Coverage, to the next level.
He further revealed that he had set up a multi-sectoral Committee, under the leadership of Prof Lere Baale, Chief Executive, Business School Netherlands International Nigeria, to drive the agenda of inclusion of Community Pharmacists inclusion in Primary Healthcare service delivery in Nigeria.
He noted that about 200 Pharmacists had been trained and certified in vaccination, Basic life-support, and Cardio-pulmonary Resuscitation.
Dr Adekola also said the US and UK were able to cover more grounds in Covid testing and vaccination due to empowerment of Community Pharmacists in the countries.
The outgoing Chairman further thanked the distinguished pharmacists and leaders who had contributed to the development of ACPN and had been deemed worthy ambassadors of Community Pharmacy and the Pharmacy profession in Nigeria.
Dr Adekola also inaugurated the first Committee of the ACPN Past National Chairmen (CPNC), stating that it would remain the moral compass of the Association as it grows.
Speaking earlier, the Director of SON, Pharm Mallam Farouk, who is also a former National Chairman of PSN, said Community Pharmacists are the backbone of healthcare delivery all over the world, and most especially in Nigeria.
Mallam Farouk also said Community Pharmacists are the last point of call when sick people need medical attention.
He also noted that he enjoyed working as a Pharmacist because Pharmacists live and survive by standards.
According to him, Pharmacists save doctors by calling them to confirm if they were sure about the dosage prescribed to patients.
He added that most doctors would call them back and finally recommend the Pharmacists’ suggestion.
He reiterated that they cannot do without each other because they are both medical professionals.
Among the dignitaries present at the event included the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adewusi Adeyeye, Ojaja II, represented by Oba Adebisi Layode; Alake and Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, Okukenu IV, represented by the Aare Baaroyin of Egba, Chief Layi Labode; Oba Hammed Adekunle Makama, Tegbosun III, the Olowu of Kuta Kingdom, and others.