By Yau Waziri
Governor Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State says his administration would continue to provide an enabling environment for pharmacy professionals to contribute to the realization of universal health coverage in the state.
The Governor stated this at the 96th Annual General Meeting and International Conference of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, held in Gombe, the State Capital.
Governor Inuwa Yahaya explained that pharmacists have a crucial role to play in realizing proper health Care delivery by ensuring the production of safe and effective use of medication.
According to him, the theme for this year’s conference, Pharmaceutical Practice A Pivot to Universal Health Coverage In Nigeria is both apt and timely, saying that is coming at a time when President Bola Ahmed Tinubu is making concerted efforts towards achieving universal health coverage in Nigeria through his renewed hope agenda.
The Governor maintained that the role of the pharmacist extends beyond the pharmacy counter, adding that they are valuable members of the health care teams in the hospitals, offering expertise in medication management, drug administration, patient counseling, and health promotion.
The Governor disclosed that Gombe State University is the largest producer of pharmacists to health institutions, assuring that his administration would continue to support the University in training qualified and highly skilled professionals for the health sectors and beyond.
While thanking the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria for bringing the annual conference to Gombe state, the Governor commended their dedication towards the advancement of pharmaceutical practice and health care delivery system in the country.
Earlier, the National President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria Professor Cyril Osifor, said the conference is aimed at addressing the challenges that the healthcare sector is facing by ensuring the availability of essential medicines, tackling counterfeit drugs, and improving healthcare infrastructure in the country.
Professor Cyril Osifor informed that the health care issue is a collective responsibility hence the need to work with all stakeholders towards the common goal of ensuring that every citizen in the country and Gombe state in particular has access to safe, affordable, and effective medication and health care service delivery.