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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Faculty Of Pharmaceutical Sciences Inducts 76 Graduates

No fewer than 76 graduates from the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, have been inducted and sworn to devote themselves to a lifetime of service to others through the profession of Pharmacy.

The graduates took the oath at the 7th induction and oath-taking ceremony organised by the faculty and the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN), at Juhel Auditorium, Agulu campus of the university recently.

Addressing the inductees, the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Joseph Ahaneku, explained that induction ceremonies of professional bodies serve to usher the inductees into the profession, coming after the successful completion of long years of tedious studies.

The vice chancellor, represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic), Prof. Charles Esimone, noted that the occasion provides an avenue for remembering the financial sacrifices and otherwise, parents and sponsors had to make to sustain their ward’s studies, and the pedagogic efforts put in by the teachers to turn the students into finished products.

Ahaneku while congratulating the inductees, reminded them that their professional practice is to be guided by the oath they have taken, fortified with the university’s core values of discipline, self-reliance and excellence.

He added that the university will continue to encourage staff and students of the faculty by providing the infrastructure needed to facilitate teaching and learning.

In his keynote address titled: ‘Drug Supply and Public Health in a Recessed Economy’, the Chief Executive Officer of Alpha Pharmacy Ltd, Pharm Ike Onyechi, bemoaned the central medical stores system of drug supply, noting that it has failed in many states owing to corruption and the inability of the state governments to pay suppliers.

Onyechi noted that the current economic condition has worsened the situation and has led to unavailability of drugs in many states.

He listed challenges bedevilling drug supply in Nigeria to include scarce forex, corruption and delayed payments, stating that the increased cost of drugs due to the devaluation of naira has adversely affected the inability of many to afford the scarce drugs.

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The Alpha boss decried the low percentage of the budget dedicated to healthcare, stressing that it is a far cry from World Health Organisation (WHO) recommendation.

On the way forward, he emphasised that the nation needs to be more determined, dedicated and forthright, as both government and individuals.

He urged the government to make better budget provisions for healthcare and support petrochemical industries to manufacture APIs and other raw materials for drug production. He advised the inductees to be value-minded than profit- oriented.

Inducting the graduates, the Registrar, Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN), Pharm N.A.E Mohammed, urged them to be acquainted with the code of professional ethics which prescribes the professional and moral responsibilities to the patients, pharmacist colleagues, other health professionals, employees and the general public.

Mohammed maintained that strict compliance to the code is indispensable for the practice of pharmacy profession.

Earlier, the Faculty Ag Dean, Prof. Ikemefuna Uzochukwu, revealed that the university has contributed a total of 431 pharmacists to the society since the inception of the pharmacy programme in 2006.

He said that the university is working hard towards implementing the PharmD programme which has been approved for implementation in all Nigerian universities by the NUC, from the 2019/2020 academic session.

Uzochukwu commended the university management for their unrelenting support to the faculty.

Delivering the valedictory speech, the overall Best Graduating Student and best graduate in all the six departments, Mrs. Janefrances Okafo-Ofomata, appreciated all who had contributed to their success.

She promised, on behalf of fellow graduates to shine the light wherever they find themselves and become good ambassadors of the institution that moulded them.

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