Olabode Ogunjemiyo, National Chairman of the Association of Hospital and Administrative Pharmacists of Nigeria, has stated that poor service conditions are to blame for the brain drain in the health sector.
He stated that between January and July 2022, over 200 pharmacists left the country for greener pastures in foreign lands.
Ogunjemiyo made the announcement on Monday at a press conference during the association’s 23rd Annual National Scientific Conference, titled ‘Covid 19 Experience: Expanding The Role of Health System Pharmacists.’
“Poor service conditions are the cause of brain drain in the health sector,” he said. Over 200 pharmacists have left the country in search of greener pastures since the start of the year.
“And, to halt the trend, the federal and state governments must set aside significant resources to upgrade all of our health centers and improve our welfare packages.”
According to Ogunjemiyo, over 1000 pharmacists from across the country will attend the conference, which runs from August 1st to August 5th.
He went on to say that the conference’s goals include bringing members together, providing an environment for discussion about practice issues, and learning about the latest developments in hospital and administrative practice, among other things.
During the conference, he said, the association will pay a courtesy call on dignitaries in the state, hold a drug-abuse walk, and hold a health outreach for residents of the state at the palace of the Emir of Lafia.
“This is part of our Corporate Social Responsibility, which we carry out on a regular basis and during large conferences like this.” It is intended to supplement the Nasarawa state government’s efforts to improve the health of its citizens.
“Around 1000 residents are expected to benefit from the medical outreach, and they will receive free pharmaceutical care.”
“Some of the issues to be investigated are Malaria, High Blood Pressure, Blood Glucose, Height and Weight Check.” They will also receive free consultation and counseling, according to the AHAPN National Chairman.