The President, National Association of Pharmaceutical Technologists and Pharmacy Technicians of Nigeria, Mr Balogun Adetola, has said that many public and private health facilities in the country are poorly staffed.

He stated that the staffing decadence in health facilities was alarming as he spoke during the World Pharmacy Day in Ilorin, on Thursday.

Speaking on the theme, ‘Pharmaceutical technologists and pharmacy technicians: educated, trained and dedicated pharmacy professionals’, Adetola called for the adequate staffing of health institutions to avoid endangering people’s health.

He said, “The inadequate staffing of some public and private health faculties in the country is alarming.

“We urge government at all levels and owners of private health facilities, to employ the services of pharmaceutical technologists and pharmacy technicians so as not to compromise the health of the public, as we are educated, trained and dedicated pharmacy professionals.”

Adetola also urged pharmaceutical technologists and pharmacy technicians not to compromise the health of Nigerians.

He charged them to abide, strictly, by the ethics of their profession, as he cautioned that there is nothing worse than not to know their worth.

He reminded them that as pharmaceutical technologists and pharmacy technicians, their schedules involved counselling of patients on the use of drugs and medicaments in various pharmacy departments at teaching hospitals, state and general hospitals, as well as on the art of store management.

He said, “It is a fact that we contribute 75 per cent of the workforce in the pharmaceutical sector in local, state and tertiary health institutions and in the private sector, as health professionals, we must adhere strictly to the ethics of the profession.

“The task ahead of us is enormous, as such, we must strive to discharge our duties and responsibilities diligently to our patients at every given time.”

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