The World Pharmacists’ day is a global annual festival celebrated to improve health care services provided by Pharmacists at every corner around the world tilted towards fostering the profession for improved global health.

Pharmacists at the Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido-Ekiti, through the Hospital’s Education Committee held their World Pharmacists’ Day yesterday, 22nd September 2021 at the Mini-Conference with the theme ” Ethical Consideration in Drug use and Maintenance”.

The 2021 Edition of the World Pharmacists Day featured the Chief Medical Director, Prof. Kunle Ajayi who in his opening remarks charged all professionals in the workforce to work together for the benefit of patients. He says ” Prescribers and Managers of Drug Logistics must work together. There must be a melting point in terms of planning and preparation to work on the same page. Failure to work together as a team will make our patients suffer. Pharmacists are not seen quite often but they are doing a lot to ensure that patients daily supplies are provided”.

Moreover, Prof. Ajayi says in 2018, the condition of the Pharmacy department of the hospital was hopeless, as if nothing was going to work, but the Pharmacists rose to the challenge. He further says that currently, their annual turnover is in the range of 300million naira. Furthermore, he says that same year, the Drug Revolving Fund was started with seven (7) suppliers but as of August 2021, we have 72 suppliers and this is highly commendable.

The PowerPoint presentations were handled by Resource Persons within the department and Drug presentations by a representative of Fidson Healthcare PLC.

Sub Theme 1: Drug Misuse and Abuse, presented by – Pharm. Alabi Ambrose ( Pharmacy Department)

Sub- Theme 2: Medical Therapy Management by – Pharm. Olanrewaju Olalade

Drug Presentation – ASTHYMIN
(Fidson Healthcare PLC)

Sub Theme 3: Why Medics may not Work.
By – Pharm. Okeke Arinze
(Pharmacy Department).

In conclusion, the Chief Medical Director further charged the Education Committee to ensure regular and large turn out of staff for the hospital’s Programme.

He commended Drs. Adeniyi and Bakara of Obstetrics and Gynecology Department and Dr Lawal of the Paediatrics Department as regular attendees of Hospital Programmes and encourages other members of staff to take a queue from them.

” We are gathered not for convenience but because of patients and representatives from various departments have to be punctual at hospitals events.