Decentralise Procurement and Distribution of Narcotic Drugs--West African Postgraduate College of Ph
Sunday, 27 September 2015
Posted by: PSGH Editor
Decentralise Procurement and Distribution of Narcotic Drugs--West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists Urges
A communique, following the WAPCP's 27th Annual General Meeting and Scientific Symposium held at Welcome Centre Hotel, Lagos, Nigeria from 29th to 2nd July of this year, has been issued.
The conference held under the theme, "Diseases of Public Health Importance in West Africa" and sub-themes "Pharmaceutical Sector Response in the Management of Ebola Virus Disease" and Intra-pharmacy Collaborations in the Management of Public Health Diseases" had its opening ceremony chaired by Prince Julius Adelusi, FPCPharm, and also attended by a number of dignitaries from the Nigeria's health ministry, civil society organisations and drug regulatory agency.
According to the statement, delegates from member countries, The Gambia, Ghana, Nigeria, and Sierria Leone attended the conference.
The keynote address was presented by Dr. (Mrs) Ogori Taylor, FPCPharm, WHO National Medicines Advisor (Nigeria), whilst conference sub-themes were presented by Mr. Edward Amporful (Ghana) and Rev. T.T. Tyee Sr (Liberia).
The conference noted the following after deliberations on the themes:
1) The induction of 171 new fellows of the college into various pharmacy specialties
2) The growing incidence of emerging and re-emerging diseases of public health interest and the burden on the populace in terms of morbidity, mortality and attendant cost.
3) Antimicrobial resistance, due to irrational use of drugs, contributes to the re-emergence of many diseases. Consequently, pharmacists should continue to promote responsible use of antibiotics.
4) The commendable efforts of the government of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria in the control of Ebola Virus Disease recommended the need to strengthen the capacity of health workforce to respond to health emergencies.
5) The need for inter- and intra-professional collaboration among health workers towards improved service delivery.
The conference recommended the following:
1) The need to strike a balance between access and control of medicines, especially narcotics in palliative care. Decentralisation of procurement and distribution of is an effective strategy to promote access.
2) Communication and advocacy in emergencies should be targeted at identifiable community leaders.
3) The training curricula of pharmacy in the region should include competencies required to deliver services appropriate to meet regional health challenges.
The conference then resolved:
1) Focus on operational research for the purpose of addressing contemporary healthcare related challenges.
2) To hold the 28th AGM and Scientific Symposium and 58th Council meeting of WAPCP in Liberia in March 2016.
At the end of the AGM, the following were elected as principal officers of the College for 2016/2017 biennium:
1. Rev. TT Tyee, Sr - President (Liberia)
2. Mr. Harrison K Abutiate - 1st Vice President (Ghana)
3. Prof. (Mrs) Cecilia I Igwilo - 2nd Vice President (Nigeria)
4. Prof. Wilson O Erhun - Secretary General (Nigeria)
5. Mrs Markieu Janeh Kaira - Deputy Secretary General (The Gambia)
6. Major Thomas W Tucker - Treasurer (Sierra Leone)
7. Dr. Ibrahim Oreagba - Editor-in-Chief (Nigeria)
The communique issued over the weekends was signed by the president and the secretary.