Mentorship Crucial In Birthing Top Star Pharmacists For AI Era – NAPHARM

 ·     Urges Institutions, Agencies To Promote Global Posting Of Intern Pharmacists

One of the newly inducted fellows of NAPharm, Pharm. Gbenga Falabi. receiving a certificate of induction from former PSN President, Pharm. Ahmed Yakassai and Prof. Cyril Usifoh, President, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), while NAPharm president, Prince J. Adelusi-Adeluyi read through the plaque for presentation, as Pharm. Tony Oyawole looks in admiration

The Nigeria Academy of Pharmacy (NAPHARM) stressed the importance of mentoring sessions for pharmacists throughout their college education to cultivate highly skilled pharmacists who can effectively utilise artificial intelligence in knowledge delivery, aligning with the advancements in technology.

In view of this, NAPHARM urged institutions of higher learning, the Federal Ministry of Health, Pharmacy Council of Nigeria, and National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to pursue the global posting of intern pharmacists.

It noted that an internship is a training position applicable to other medical professions that require supervisory work after graduation.

The appeal was made as NAPHARM inaugurated 14 new fellows for their contributions to pharmaceutical sciences and stressed the importance of members actively participating in drug research and traditional medicine.

NAPHARM further called for concerted efforts to boost the export of Nigeria's pharmaceutical products.

The induction ceremony at Prof. J. F. Ade-Ajayi's Hall, University of Lagos, highlights Nigeria's dedication to advancing pharmaceutical research and development and promoting a sustainable healthcare system.

Speaking, Prince Julius Adelusi-Adeluyi, President of NAPHARM, urged pharmacists to be more strategically and intentionally involved in the field of drug discovery and traditional medicine.

Adelusi-Adeluyi said that there is still much work to be done in the field of non-communicable diseases and that pharmacists can play a major role in developing new treatments.

He noted that the new fellows selected from all the different practice areas of pharmacy reflect the diverse pharmacy practice borne out of the rigorous and multidimensional training they undergo to become professionals. 

Adelusi-Adeluyi said, "The evolving field of drug discovery calls for pharmacists to be more strategically and intentionally involved to contribute to the world of pharmaceutical and scientific research as there are still many grounds to conquer regarding non-communicable diseases especially.

Some of the new NAPHARM Fellows and other guests and dignitaries at the ninth Annual General Meeting/Investiture ceremony in Lagos, penultimate Thursday.

"The aspect of traditional medicine taught in schools of pharmacies should be leveraged to contribute not only to the GDP of the country but to promote our skills and indigenous knowledge. In traditional medicine Asian countries have successfully performed and have rescued the world. We know that as there are natural carcinogenic agents so will there be anti-cancer vegetable medicines.

"Funds should not be a hindrance as the academy is involved in strategic advocacy to attract the same from both government and non-government organisations.

"Training of the seven-star pharmacist as recommended by the Federation International Pharmaceutical (FIP) will ensure that Nigerian pharmacists continue to be attuned to contemporary global trends. The academy therefore is calling out the institutions of higher learning, FMoH, Pharmacy Council of Nigeria, and NAFDAC to pursue the global posting of intern pharmacists since this is still a training position as all other professions require supervisory work after graduation.

"Mentoring sessions from college will be important in birthing the seven-star pharmacists as technology comes upstream in knowledge delivery, especially with artificial intelligence (AI).

"Nigeria needs all the FDI it can get at this time, not only to reflate the economy but also to avail our technology transfer. The recent decision of a giant pharmaceutical manufacturer, GSK to exit Nigeria, obviously bore out of several hydra-headed challenges bedeviling the manufacturing sector locally," he added.

Contributing, Clare Omatseye, guest speaker at the occasion urged pharmacists to think big and not confine Nigeria's pharmaceutical industry to local production only. She emphasised the crucial role the sector plays in guaranteeing drug and health security across Africa.

Omatseye, who is the Founder, and Managing Director of JNC International Limited (JNCI) on the theme: “The Nigeria Economy and the Future of the Pharmaceutical Ecosystem,” at the ninth investiture of new fellows. 

Some of the new NAPHARM Fellows and other guests and dignitaries at the ninth Annual General Meeting/Investiture ceremony in Lagos, penultimate Thursday.

Omatseye said that Nigeria and Africa need to have sustainable healthcare systems that can meet the population’s needs.

She called for increased investment in pharmaceutical research and development, as well as the development of a strong pharmaceutical industry.

Omatseye underscored the importance of thinking big and not limiting Nigeria’s pharmaceutical industry to domestic consumption. She emphasised the role pharmacists must play in ensuring drug and health security on the continent.


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