World Pharmacists Day 2023: Pharm Akindeko Robinson Reels Out Achievements, Calls Support for Olu Akinkugbe Faculty of Pharmacy

By Dupson Collins, 7th October, 2023

Ondo State Chapter of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) has joined other Pharmacists across the globe to celebrate the 2023 World Pharmacists Day in Akure, the State Capital of Ondo State.

In a well attended programme held at the Pharmacy House Alagbaka Akure, the State Chairman of PSN, Pharm Akindeko Eniola Robinson reels out his achievements while soliciting for generous donations towards the ongoing project of Olu Akinkugbe Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Medical Sciences, Ondo.

The Theme of the 2023 Pharmacists Day is tagged ” Pharmacy From Generation to Generation”.

Declaring the 2023 Pharmacists Week opening was the Governor of Ondo State ably represented by the Special Adviser on Health, Prof Dayo Faduyile who commended the leadership of Pharm Akindeko since assumption in office as the State Chairman of PSN.

The Governor added that the choice of First Female Pharmacist as the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Health has demonstrated that Pharmacists have what it takes to lead saying Pharm Foluke Aladenola is a good ambassador of Pharmacy profession.

He said the present government in the state has approved Pharmacist Consultant to Level 17, assuring them that the Workers Friendly Governor of Ondo State will looks into other requests put before him by the Pharmacists.

Prof Faduyile said while holding sway as the National President of Nigeria Medical Association (NMA), he ensured harmonious working relationship exists among all medical professionals saying unhealthy rivalry will lead medical profession to nowhere.

He charged medical professionals in Nigeria to move from traditional ways to technology for relevance and quality service delivery noting that world is revolving and they need to embrace new innovation in the medical field.

The representative of the Head of Service, Pharm Foluke Aladenola congratulated Pharmacists in the state for a successful week, saying Arakunrin Akeredolu led administration will continue to prioritize the welfare of Pharmacists in the state.

The HoS commended the governor for breaking the jinx by appointing first female Pharmacist as Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Health, setting up Task Force on Counterfeit Drugs, saying Ondo State has set the pace for other states of the fedraraton to follow.

On his part, the Chairman of the occasion, Senator Bode Olajumoke who was represented by Femi Oshati commended the giant strides of PSN for supporting and raising fund for the building of Faculty of Pharmacy at UNIMED while tasking well-to-do sons and daughters of the state to support the project.

In his welcome address, the Chairman of PSN in Ondo State, Pharm Akindeko said the annual event was a celebration of the relentless contributions of Pharmacists towards the upliftment of their noble profession despite the current challenges of the country.

The Chairman further reiterated the need for every member of the Society and partners of PSN to support the building of Olu Akinkugbe Faculty of Pharmacy saying it is a legacy project close to their hearts.

Pharm Akindeko said the PSN fundraising was to raise fund to support UNIMED in making the Olu Akinkugbe Faculty of Pharmacy come to reality.

” Our Legacy Project, to support the establishment of the Faculty of Pharmacy, embodies our commitment to giving back to the community we passionately serve. Ondo State despite its rich heritage and vibrant communities had been without a College of Pharmacy until now”.

Reeling out his laudable contributions and achievements in the last two and half years of holding sway as the Chairman, Pharm Akindeko said under his led State Executives procured 45KV Generating Set and embarked on the commercialization of the Pharmacy House to augment the revenue of the Society.

He added that they fostered collaborations with Governmental and Non Governmental Agencies aiming to enhance fruitful relationships, prioritized professional development through lectures and various initiatives.

His words: ” We are proud to support two young Community Pharmacists with financial assistance to bolster their practices, screening Pharmacists who have passed the stage one of the West Africa Postgraduate College of Pharmacists”.

Akindeko said his leadership has strived to advance Career Progression for Pharmacists in public service to Grade Level 17, though not yet materialize while requesting the State Governor to approve Grade Level 17 grade for other Pharmacists just as their Consultant Counterpart as it is done in other states.

He urged Pharmacists in the state to be united and collectively uphold the ethics, standards and values that define them as Pharmacists.

He thanked members of the society for the privilege to serve them diligently saying leading PSN is far more valuable to him than material gain.

” I want to acknowledge that serving as Chairman comes with its challenges and sacrifices. However, my commitment to upholding integrity and dedicated service has remained steadfast”.

In his lecture, the Keynote Speaker, Prof Abiodun Ogundaini, Pioneer Dean UNIMED, Faculty of Pharmacy charged Pharmacists to upgrade themselves to technology reality of today if only they want to be relevant in providing quality service to their patients.

Prof Ogundaini said inspite of the benefits of digital and online pharmacy, quacks and unprofessionals should not be allowed to take over the industry, saying it must strictly be operated by qualified Pharmacists.

The highlight of the Programme was the fund raising for Olu Akinkugbe Faculty of Pharmacy Project and presentation of Awards to some eminent personalities.

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