Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
The dearth of Pharmacists in public health facilities in Delta state has continued to unsettle the Association of Hospital and Administrative Pharmacists of Nigeria (AHAPN) who on Wednesday called on the state government to consider employment of 20 Pharmacists into its hospital Management Board.
It was gathered that across the state only few Pharmacists are found in the hospitals, especially in the rural areas where there are increasing Patients who often visit the hospitals for treatments.
But Dr ( Mrs ) Evangline Enaike who spoke to Journalists in Asaba, said that only 42 Pharmacists existed to cater for the 64 state government owned hospitals, adding”it’s on record that the state has 63 functioning government owned hospitals and one newly opened specialist hospital in Asaba, and of this number,Six are central 37 are general and 20 are government hospitals.
There are only 46 Pharmacists at Present to cover the 63 hospitals, it’s also on record that four of them will retire by the end of October 2019 while seven wil retire within the next two years. These retirements will further worsen the situation and as at present there are no Pharmacists and Senior Pharmacists on GL10 and 12 in the System”
Enaike recalled that Pharmacists were last employed in the state hospitals management board ( HMB) 14 years ago and three absorbed in 2013, stressing that” ever since no Pharmacist has been employed which has given rise to the dearth of Pharmacists in our hospitals” and however Commended the state Governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa for his giant stride in the health sector which included the free under five programmes, the inuaguration and empowerment of Delta state taskforce on Counterfeit and Fake Drugs as well as the inclusion of Pharmacists in the Cash budget Committee of HMB.
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