World Pharmacists Day: 2,000 children for de-worming in Osun

Students attend a class in a primary school in Shangrao, east China's Jiangxi province, March 25, 2021. Left-behind children, or children who remain in rural regions while their parents leave to work in urban areas, make up 80 percent of the school's students. (Photo by Zhu Zhenqiang/People's Daily Online)

The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) Sunday said 2,000 children will be dewormed in Osun state to mark this year’s World Pharmacists Day which climaxed with the 30th anniversary of the association in the state.

Chairman of PSN, Professor Moses Akanmu, stated this in Osogbo at a press conference commemorating the 2022 Pharmacists Day and the 30th anniversary of the association.

He stated that 200 children between the ages of 2-10yrs will be dewormed in ten local government and towns including Osogbo, Ife, Ilesa, Iwo, Ede, Ifelodun, Ila, Ikire and Okinni on Wednesday.

Fielding questions from journalists, Professor Akanmu, stated that members in the academic, industrial pharmacists, hospital and administrative pharmacists are leaving the country.

He also expressed concern over the increasing rate of fake drugs, advising the government to ensure control of the supply chain and tackle the free market.

He said: “The truth of the matter is that many pharmacists are leaving the country. Academic pharmacists, industrial pharmacists, hospital and administration and community pharmacists, people are leaving. In the teaching hospitals, state ministries, pharmacists are leaving.

“I want to use this medium to call for the employment of more pharmacists in the local government, hospital management board and the Ministry of Health to replace those that have relocated, retired and died.

“On the issue of fake drugs, is one of the issues of concern to us.”

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