COMMUNIQUÉ OF THE MEDIA TRAINING PROGRAMME BY THE EDITORIAL BOARD OF THE PHARMACEUTICAL SOCIETY OF NIGERIA (PSN) ON THURSDAY, 21ST JUNE, 2018

COMMUNIQUÉ OF THE MEDIA TRAINING PROGRAMME BY THE EDITORIAL BOARD OF THE PHARMACEUTICAL SOCIETY OF NIGERIA (PSN) ON THURSDAY, 21ST JUNE, 2018

The media training programme organised by the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria took place on Thursday June 21, 2018 at the PSN National Secretariat, 32, Ajike Faramobi, Anthony-Lagos.

Dignitaries at the training included:
a. H.E. Alhaji Ibrahim I. Yakassai, FPSN, FNAPharm, The President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN)
b. Sir Ifeanyi Atueyi, FPSN, FNAPharm, Vice President, Nigeria Academy of Pharmacy and Publisher, Pharmanews
c. Prof. Cyril Usifoh, FPSN, FPCPharm, The Chairman of the Editorial Board of the Nigerian Journal of Pharmacy
d. Dr. Musa Umar, Director, Narcotics and Controlled Substances, National Agency for Food, Drugs, Administration and Control (NAFDAC)
e. Pharm. Peter Iliya representing the Registrar of the Pharmacists’ Council of Nigeria (PCN)
f. Pharm. Emeka Duru, The Secretary of the PSN
g. Pharm. Tosin Adeyemi, The Editor-in-chief of the Nigerian Journal of Pharmacy
h. Pharm. Arinola Joda, The Publicity Secretary of the PSN and member of the Nigerian Journal of Pharmacy Editorial Board
i. Prof. Ibrahim Oreagba, Member of the Nigerian Journal of Pharmacy Editorial Board
j. Pharm. Folashade Lawal, Member of the Nigerian Journal of Pharmacy Editorial Board
k. Pharm Kayode Aiyegbajeje, Member of the Nigerian Journal of Pharmacy Editorial Board

Participants included representatives of the following media organisations:
1. The Guardian Newspaper
2. Pharmanews
3. African International Television AIT
4. Voice of Nigeria (VON)
5. Deustsch Welle (DW)
6. Voice of America (VOA)
7. The Vanguard Newspaper
8. British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
9. The New Telegraph
10. Nigerian Television Authority (NTA)
11. The Daily Trust
12. The Tribune
13. The Daily Times
14. The Daily Independent
15. Radio Nigeria
16. The Nation Newspaper

The keynote address was delivered by the PSN President. The highlights include the following:

• Fulfilment of the PSN’s promise to build the capacity of the fourth estate of the realm
• Contributions of pharmacists in situations like outbreaks of Lassa fever and Ebola, dreaded diseases like HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis, as well as poverty alleviation
• The urgent need of the full power of the media to assist in educating and enabling the youth to shun substance abuse, illicit drugs and prescription medicines misuse
• The need for the media to correct erroneous impressions created in the minds of the youth that alcohol, drugs and sex are “cool” and the “in” thing
• Reminded the media about the forthcoming event tagged “International Day of Drug Abuse and Illicit trafficking” on June 26th with the theme: “Listening First – Listening To Children And Youth Is The First Step To Help Them Grow Healthy And Safe”
• The alarming magnitude of medicines abuse and misuse in Nigeria today
• Highlights of a nationwide survey commissioned by the PSN on Drug Abuse
• Efforts of the Young Pharmacy Group (YPG) currently carrying out intensive campaigns on Drug Abuse and misuse all over Nigeria
• Existence of Mental Health Pharmacists contributing to management of Drug Abuse issues and victims

The training deliberated on the following topics:
1. Pharmacy Practice And Medicines Use – How Pharmacists protect and improve the health of the public (presented by Pharm. Lawal Folashade FPSN)
Highlights include:
• Focus of the pharmacist now more patient-oriented
• Different technical (hospital, community, academic & manufacturing) groups of the PSN and their roles
• Gave a few real live cases & the specific interventions made by pharmacists
2. Medicine Use, Misuse And Abuse – Informing With Facts (presented by Sir Ifeanyi Atueyi FPSN, FNAPharm)
Highlights include:
• The need to educate & inform the public on Drug Abuse & Misuse
• The need for provision of accurate information to the public
3. Contemporary Issues In Healthcare Delivery And The PSN – Drug Abuse & Misuse (presented by Pharm. Peter Iliya representing The PCN Registrar, Pharm. N.A.E. Mohammed FPSN, FNAPharm).
Highlights include:
• The factors influencing Drug Abuse & Misuse and solutions
• The dreadful, global antimicrobial resistance (AMR)
• The menace of substandard and falsified (SF) drugs
• The repercussions of the existing chaotic drug distribution system in Nigeria
The lectures were followed by a roundtable discussion involving the following:
1. The Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN)
2. The Pharmacists’ Council of Nigeria (PCN)
3. National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control
4. Pharm. Folasade Lawal
5. Dr. Joda Arinola, Editor, African Pharmaceutical Forum
6. The Guardian Newspaper
7. The Newswatch Magazine
At the end of the discussions, contributions, questions from the floor and answers, the following recommendations and resolutions were made:
1. The need for strengthening the partnership between the PSN and the media in adequate information to the public on proper use of medicines
2. Provision of regular columns in the newspapers on drug-related issues
3. Need for strengthening and enforcing drug laws
4. Urgent need for sanitising the drug distribution system
5. The need for fora and trainings like this for the media
There were significant collaborations resulting from this event, including opportunities for collaborations in New Media, Print, Television and Radio. The schedules of events will be made public soon.

 

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