Friday, 21 November 2014

Adequate health-care requires synergy among providers – Expert

By: Chioma Umeha

Healthcare providers in the country have been urged to sheath their swords and refrain from in-house fighting and embrace collaboration as this will help promote team spirit which will forge the health sector forward. Making the call was Olumide Akintayo, President, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), during the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria at the Association of Professional Bodies of Nigeria’s (APBN) board meeting held on Tuesday, at Pharmacy House, Anthony Village in Lagos. Condemning the in-house fighting within various healthcare providers in the country and called for synergy among them, Akintayo insisted that this will promote adequate health-care delivery in the country. Akintayo spoke during the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria and the Association of Professional Bodies of Nigeria’s board meeting held on Tuesday, at Pharmacy House, Anthony Village, Lagos. His words: “We note that there is a lot of competition, confrontation and distrust in the health sector. This situation must give way for collaboration, consultation, cooperation in the interest of the health consuming public. We must open our hearts and minds to allow the team concept to rule our worlds in healthcare delivery.”

Olumide Akintayo
According to him, it is pertinent to create a genuine cooperation between pharmacists and other healthcare providers, in view of the cost of fighting against diseases and promoting good health which continues to rise disproportionately against regular control and intervention. “There is no doubt that the cost of fighting against disease and preserving health will continue to increase in spite of constant control and intervention. There are manifold reasons and benefits for wishing to create a genuine cooperation between pharmacists and other healthcare providers,” he said. The PSN boss pledged that his association will continue to champion the cause of teamwork among all stakeholders in the health industry.

Already, the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria has earlier recorded important milestones for its pioneer efforts in the area of fake drug Act, Pharmaceutical Council of Nigerian (PCN) Act, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) Act, Akintayo said. As he put it:  “Pharmacists will therefore provide leadership to ensure unity among all the stakeholders in healthcare delivery. In the pursuance of these goals, the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria had championed some landmark statutes including the Fake Drug Act, NIPRD Act, PCN Act, and NAFDAC Act and will remain in the vanguard of pursuing landmark Acts of Parliament in the interest of the health sector.” He urged APBN to be at the forefront of national discourse in the areas of regulatory autonomy for the major professions in the country and mediatory roles in inter-professional conflicts. He noted that conflict is a common occurrence in many human relationships, adding that the ability to turn challenges into opportunities is one of the hallmarks of great and successful managers. The PSN President therefore urged the APBN to intervene in inter-professional conflicts. Commending the previous attempts of APBN in resolving inter-professional conflicts, he insisted that they should not relent in their efforts.

Reasoning that the Oronsaye Panel which appraised the activities of government agencies and parastatals addressed the issue of regulatory autonomy for major professions in the country, Akintayo said that APBN should champion either a private member’s or an Executive Bill that compels the federal government to handover the running of all professions to professional bodies. “ The Oronsaye Panel which appraised the activities of government agencies and parastatals dwelt on this matter tacitly and the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria strongly suggests that the APBN should champion either a private member’s or even an Executive Bill that compels the federal government to handover the running of all professions to professional bodies in Nigeria.

The success stories of some professional bodies that have regulated their professions suggest eloquent testimonies that will accrue if this move sees the light of the day, Akintayo said. He continued: “Conflict is a natural fall-out of most human relationships. The propensity to turn challenges into opportunities is one of the hallmarks of great and successful managers. “It is imperative we put on record previous mediatory roles of the APBN in resolving inter-professional conflicts, a need still arises for the APBN to do even more to sustain the prestige of the various affected professions. The APBN must build the myth to attain this goal for consumers of our various services to continue to perceive us as relevant in the years ahead,” he added.

This story was published in Newswatch Times on June 29, 2013.

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