Giving the opening address at the 39th National Scientific Conference Unity 2020 of the Association of Community Pharmacist of Nigeria (ACPN), the National President of Association, Dr Samuel Adekola, has been honoured.
Adekola described year 2020 as a very challenging year for the nation as the health sector of the nation was stretched to its limit amidst the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to him, “the year 2020 is indeed a very challenging one for Nigeria, a year of struggle for survival of every Nigerian”.
However, he applauded the role played by the Association during the location while also urging the government at all levels to work towards maximizing the untapped potential of community pharmacists in the nation
The president was, however, honoured for his contributions towards peace in the country.
In his remarks at the event, the Minister of Health, Professor Osagie Ehanire, stressed the need for all health professionals to work towards addressing the fundamental health challenges of the people. He also reiterated the readiness of President Buhari led administration to involve ACPN members in its journey to universal health coverage.
Furthermore, Ehanire also acknowledged the pivotal roles played by the ACPN plays in primary healthcare delivery. He also appreciated ACPN for its qualitative efficacious delivery of primary health services in the country.
In addition, the Health minister also spoke on the efforts of Buhari’s administration to scale up primary healthcare centers to one per political ward in the country. He equally urged the association to scale up commitment towards ensuring quality services in the primary healthcare and to also enlighten the people on avoidance of abuse of anti malarial and anti bacteria drugs.
Als, the association honoured, the governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN, for his commitment to sustainable healthcare delivery to the people of his state.
The former Governor of Kano State, Dr. Rabiu Kwankwanso, Senator Sadiq Umar, Senator Matthew Aikagboriodion and late Chief Rufus Folorunso Giwa were also honoured.
In his words of appreciation, Akeredolu thanked leadership and members of ACPN for the honour done to him.
He also pledged his readiness to continually promote and prioritize the well-being of the people of Ondo State.