In commemoration of the World Pharmaceutical Society Celebration, the Plateau State Chapter of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), has donated drugs, food items and personal care products worth over five million naira (#5m) to two separate Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Mangu and Riyom Local Government Areas of the state.
The State Chairman of the society, Pharm. Kaneng Pam, disclosed this recently, while in an interview with THE NIGERIA STANDARD in Jos, the state capital shortly after celebrating the World Pharmaceutical Society Day at the Bishop Court of Crest Hotel and Gardens Jos.
She said, “Actually, we were at Riyom Local Government Area, where we made donations of food items, personal care products and drugs. We also did the same in Mangu Local Government Area as part of medical outreach to IDPs on the occasion marking the World Pharmaceutical Society Day Celebration.
“We donated drugs alone worth four point five naira (#4.5m) with food items, personal care products. I want to use this opportunity to appreciate the pharmaceutical companies all over Nigeria who sent these donations to us. I also want to appreciate our members here who contributed money from their pockets to make sure that we reach out to the indigent persons in our society.
“We are still hopeful that the pharmaceutical companies who made promises will be redeemed shortly. We are expecting more drugs by God’s grace to still reach out.
” We.want to use this day to express what pharmacists have been doing. We will continue to render these services as we are in touch with pharmaceutical companies all over the country”, Pam assured.
The Chairman congratulated her members on the Plateau for hosting World Pharmaceutical Conference in Jos and called on government at state and national levels to motivate the pharmacists by appointing them in respective government ministries so that professionalism could be maintained in the system.
On his part, the Commissioner for Health, Hon. Dr. Cletus Bako Shurkur, who was the Chairman of the occasion, congratulated PSN for celebrating yet another World Pharmaceutical Society Day, commending them for playing a major role in strengthening the health services in Nigeria especially, during Covid-19 pandemic.
Also, the state Chairman of Fellow of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, Miskoom Lawrence Buenyen, FPSN, commended the state chapter for making them proud during the conference. He called on them to give Gombe State the needed support by participating in the forthcoming conference.
The Chief Medical Director of Plateau Specialists Hospital, Jos, Dr. Chris Yilgwan, said there was need for pharmacists and those from the medical field to join hands to fight policies that would hinder them from carrying out their professional services to people, hence the need for pharmacists to advance more research.