Work toward optimising patients’ outcome – Health Commissioner tells pharmacists

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The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr Jide Idris, has urged pharmacists to be fully involved in projects and programmes of the state government toward optimising patients’ outcomes.

Idris made the plea at the opening ceremony of the Pharmacy Week of the Department of Pharmacy, Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja.

It was organised by the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), and the theme was: “Hospital Pharmacists and Better Patient Outcomes”.

Idris, represented by the state Director of Pharmaceutical Services, Ministry of Health, Dr Moyosore Adejumo, said: “Pharmacists work in an environment where there are other health professionals and other disciplines.

“They should build bridges and ensure that team work is strengthened through activities with others in the health sector.

At the end of the day, which is about the optimisation of care for the patients and clients who seek the services, they will ensure that quality services are provided through their various responsibilities,” he said.

Also, Mr Remi Adeseun, the Chairman of the Programmes Committee of PSN, called for specialisation, collaboration and improved relationships between pharmacists and patients.

Adeseun also urged the pharmacists to embrace technology as an enabler, which would provide solutions to issues like procurement and supply chains of medicines and patients’ records.

“Role clarity, trust and confidence, collective leadership, ability to overcome adversity and personal differences are key to success in the profession and better patient outcomes,” he said.

In his remarks, the Head, Pharmacy Department, LASUTH, Mr Henry Chukwurah, said that the week programme was aimed at sensitisation, advocacy and highlighting the roles of pharmacy in healthcare setting.

Chukwurah urged pharmacists to think about managing change by seeing opportunities rather than problems.

“Find new ways of doing old things or better ways of doing new things. You may be surprised at the outcome.

We need to borrow a leaf from some management thinkers.

These thinkers believe that when organisations focus on personnel and customers, a radical change may occur as attention is paid on factors that drive efficiency and effectiveness.

This includes investment in personnel, technology that support personnel, revamped recruitment and training practices, up-to-date operational manual and a dynamic organisational structure,” he said.

Also, the Chairman of the event, Prof. Chinedu Babalola, urged pharmacists to think outside the box in spite of the challenges facing the profession.

Babalola, who is also the Vice-Chancellor, Chrisland University, Abeokuta, was represented by a former Chairman, Association of Lady Pharmacists, Mrs Modupe Ologunagba.

“Lack of finance, time, incentives and research has been identified as some of the challenges limiting hospital pharmacists from achieving better patient outcomes.

Your strengths should be emphasised. Think of specialisation in various areas like pharmaco-epideomology and adherence pharmacy,” Babalola said.

He also urged pharmacists to downplay their threats and fears, while also having, an attitudinal change.

“The pharmacists should collaborate with other healthcare professionals and engage in planning, research and implementation of healthcare interventions,” Babalola said.