Pharmacists to deploy technology to monitor medication, service delivery

• Seeks implementation of health bill in Kwara
The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) has disclosed that it would deploy digital technology and data transformation to monitor medications and enhance service-delivery.

The PSN President, Ahmed I. Yakassi made the disclosure yesterday at a one-day workshop in Lagos.

Speaking on the theme, “Convergence of Technology and the Impact on Pharmaceutical Practice,” he said the PSN would incorporate technology as part of a multidisciplinary and collaborative healthcare team.

This, he said, would enhance pharmacy practice and delivery of pharmaceutical services to patients.

Yakassi added that the association would deploy the international standard dispensing software for best clinical practice, patients’ management and intervention therapies.

He said: “In our digital age, technology is shaping our world in a big way and its impact in any profession can never be underestimated. Technology is taking people and organisations from the lowest depth of frustration to the greatest pinnacle of achievement and the pharmaceutical sector must not be left out.”

According to him, with the technological devices, there would be efficient standard and evidence-based medication documentation and making of quality products for consumers.

The Chairman, PSN, Pharma Industry IT Platform, Lekan Asuni, added that it was also vital to controlling the cases of counterfeit drugs that had permeated the Nigerian market.

The Acting Director General, National Agency For Food and Drug Administration Control (NAFDAC), Yetunde Oni, who was represented by the Assistant Director, Felicia Enigimi, urged stakeholders to adopt a mobile application software to checkmate the status of NAFDAC-regulated products in the country.

Meanwhile, the Kwara State chapter of the PSN has canvassed a prompt implementation of the State Health Insurance Bill (KWSHIB) recently passed by the state assembly.

The state chairman, Olayiwola Olusina disclosed this yesterday in Ilorin at a press briefing to introduce the 2017 Health Week.

According to him, the existing situation where people are paying medical bills from their pockets has led to unwarranted deaths.

Parts of the activities lined up for the weeklong event include, Health Walk, Radio Talk, and Health Outreach to the School of Special Needs along Apata Yakuba Road, Ilorin. There would also be quiz competition among selected secondary schools, social night, diner and award night.

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