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Two hundred pharmacists fled Nigeria in one year, association says

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Olabode Ogunjemiyo, national chairman of the Association of Hospital and Administrative Pharmacists of Nigeria (AHAPN), says about 200 of its members have fled the country for greener pastures.

Mr. Ogunjemiyo revealed this during a press conference during his 23rd annual national scientific conference on the theme “COVID-19 experience: Expanding the role of pharmacists in the health system” in Lafia.

“I remember one of my colleagues traveling from Owo, Ondo State where we practice to Benin in Edo State. He was kidnapped along the way. As soon as he was released, he immediately left the country with his family”, explained the president of the AHAPN. “So those are the main reasons.”

He added, “Over the past year, we have lost about 200 pharmacists to brain drain. Most of them went to Canada and other developed countries.

According to Mr. Ogunjemiyo, more pharmacists are at the higher level and few at the lower level as the latter are always looking for greener pastures abroad.

He added that the association expects more than 1,000 pharmacists across the country from grassroots within hospital and administrative positions, and those in other areas of pharmacy practice to attend the conference which kicked off. today.

“It should be noted that Nasarawa State is hosting the conference of any professional group of this magnitude for the very first time since its inception,” he said. “It is indeed a great honor for the government and people of Nasarawa State as the name of the state will be included in the pharmaceutical lexicon.”

Mr. Ogunjemiyo also mentioned that during the conference, the association would pay a courtesy visit to state dignitaries, organize a health march against drug addiction, health awareness for natives at the Emir’s palace. of Lafia, a public assembly and plenary sessions.

“It is part of our corporate social responsibility carried out regularly and at conferences of this magnitude. It is intended to complement the efforts of the Nasarawa government to improve the health of the people.

About 1,000 natives are expected to benefit from medical awareness and they will benefit from free pharmaceutical care.

“Malaria, blood pressure control, height and weight control, blood sugar are some of the issues to look at. They will also benefit from free consultations and advice,” he said.

(NOPE)