PSN warns Nigerian’s on intake of drugs without recommendations
The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) has warned that on no account should anyone take any drug that is not recommended for or prescribed by a pharmacist.
The warning means even doctors who are medically qualified to treat people must consult pharmacists on the right drugs to apply for various ailments, PSN said.
The warning came Thursday as the PSN marked the Pharmacy Week 2021, which is a yearly event meant for pharmacists to “reinvent the profession in the minds of the public and let them know who pharmacists are.”
Speaking to The Nation, Pharm. Siyaka Onimisi Idris, who is the Chairman, Sub-Committee on Media and Publicity for the World Pharmacists Day organised by the Kano State branch of PSN, said the only port of call when it comes to the use of drugs and what drugs are is the pharmacist.
“We are using the World Pharmacists Day to do advocacy that when you have any issues with drugs or you have a drug related matter, do not visit any premises other than a pharmacy; your health is at risks when not handled by professionals,” he warned.
Idris gave the theme for this year’s World Pharmacists Day as “Pharmacy: Always Trusted For Your Health,” which according to him means; “When it comes to total health, the only person you should trust to relate with is the pharmacist.”
The three-day event was heralded by series of activities, including the donation of drugs and consumables to the Murtala Muhammad Specialist Hospital and Sasanusi Specialist Hospital by the Association of Lady Pharmacists -the technical arm of the PSN.
There was also a visit and donation of essential drugs to the rehabilitation centre for them to understand the importance of drugs, while calling on all to abstain from misuse of drugs.
The Pharmacy Week in Kano ended with a public lecture and dinner, with Prof. NN Wannang as Guest Speaker, chaired by Pharm. Nuhu Isah Abdullahi.