PCN Links Poor Family Planning to Pharmacy Shortage | The Guardian Nigeria News
• Says that one pharmacist for every 10,000 Nigerians is not enough
The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) lamented that the low number of pharmacists is partly responsible for the slow adoption of family planning in the country.
Council Registrar Elijah Mohammed, who revealed this in Abuja, during the Integrate Project media roundtable, said the ratio of one pharmacist to 10,000 Nigerians was not enough to meet health needs. Population.
The IntegratE project, co-funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and MSD for Mothers, aims to improve the quality of family planning services provided by community pharmacists (CPs) and sellers of patented and proprietary medicines (PPMV) in areas underserved from Lagos and Kaduna States.
According to Mohammed, due to the decrease in the number of licensed and practicing pharmacists in the country, the need to employ CP and PPMV services has now become critical.
“The pharmacist population ratio is very low. But we are addressing that, aside from the fact that there is also a serious brain drain from pharmacists. Most of them emigrate to Canada. Pharmacists, who should be the healthcare professionals in charge of the safe and effective use of drugs, are insufficient to serve the people of the country, ”he said.
He said that although the country produces around 1,500 pharmacists per year, accreditation of more faculties of pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences in universities would increase the figure to around 2,000 or 2,500 per year.
The Director and Head of the Reproductive Health Division of the Ministry of Health, Dr Kayode Afolabi, said that the low use of family planning has been recorded as a major factor in the high fertility rate, as well as the fertility rate. high population growth of the country.
According to him, the private sector accounts for almost 60% of the delivery of health services, including child health services, pharmacies and pharmacies accounting for 40% of the private health sector and 83% of all health services. child in Nigeria. .
“Improving family planning uptake cannot be done alone by government, but in collaboration with stakeholders, especially the private sector,” he said.
Society for Family Health (SFH) executive director Omokhudu Idogho said the government is committed to meeting the goal of a contraceptive prevalence rate of 27% by 2024, including by working with state and local governments to obtain additional budgets for family planning and reproduction. health services.
Idogho, who was represented by the deputy party leader for the IntegratE, SHF project, Michael Alagbile, said:, and to engage with the private sector, civil society, traditional and religious institutions and development partners.