Pharmacists Move To End Drug Abuse With 2.6bn Information Centre
The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria Phas concluded plans to launch it’s National Drug and Poisons and Information, Emergency Response and Research Centre to tackle drug and substance abuse.
Pharm. John Nwaiwu, the chairman of the PSN Drug Information Project, while addressing a press briefing on Monday in Lagos, said the centre worth N2.6 billion which would be unveiled on tomorrow in Lagos would offer a toll-free line service for members of the public and would be completed in 2021.
“Every state in Nigeria will have one dedicated phone line and personnel from that state responsible for all centre activities. Fluency in local language will be key for wider coverage and effective communication.
“Through the centre, the PSN will employ comptent personnel that will consell, advise, make refferalls and work with every personnel that has business with emmergency. We are poised to take the health sector to the next level,” Nwaiwu said.
He added that the centre the centre would offer inflow of information, identify drug and substance abuse, as well as prepare quaterly report of drug and poison-related problems.
“Activities of the centre will foster strong inter-professional collaboration with health workers in the emmergency response chain. Health financing burden on states and federal government will gradually reduce over the years as impact of mass education and enlightenment of the populace gain grounds,” Nwaiwu said.