In a bid to protect Nigerians, the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN), has disclosed that it had sealed 42 Pharmacies and 397 Patent Medicine Shops in Akwa-Ibom State for lack of compliance to regulatory provisions during the month of September.
PCN noted the seal carried out to ensure that the vision of creating an enabling and regulated environment for the provision of quality pharmaceutical services for sustainable healthcare delivery was achieved in the country.
Announcing the seal, the Registrar of the Council, Dr Elijah Mohammed, who disclosed the statistics to newsmen on Saturday in Abuja, disclosed that nine compliance directives were issued to others for minor offences.
Mohammed, giving an update of the council’s activities in September, said the feat resulted from the ongoing effort of the PCN to clampdown on the proliferation of illegal medicine shops.
The registrar said that the proliferation became worse since the Federal Government announced a lockdown due to COVID-19 pandemic in the country.
“PCN National Enforcement Team visited Akwa-Ibom State in September on enforcement. And during the exercise, 42 Pharmacies and 397 Patent Medicine Shops were sealed off for lack of compliance with PCN regulatory provision in their practice and operation. Also nine compliance directives were issued to others for other minor offences,” he said.
Mohammed said sequel to the reconstitution of the PCN Governing Council and the subsequent appointment of the Chairman, Prof. Ahmed Mora, the statutory and Ad hoc Committees set up as operational arm have swung into action and yielding result.
He said that so far the Council’s Investigating Panel sat in September and conducted investigations on 17 pharmacists and 11 petitioners over alleged acts of professional misconduct.
The panel, according to him, was able to resolve some issues, while the unresolved ones would be referred to the council’s Disciplinary Tribunal for consideration and final judgement.
“In the same vein, the 14-member Ad hoc Committee on Pharmacy Practices and PCN functions deliberated extensively on various issues bothering on evidence-based care and pharmaceutical care.
“Other issues the committee deliberated on are pharmacist specialists’ services and repositioning pharmacy training and practice in Nigeria, in line with current realities.
“Also, to curb the illicit use of drugs amongst the youth, PCN collaborated with Anietie Umoren and Joseph Edionwele, in Essen Udim LGA of Akwa-Ibom to sensitised the youth to the dangers of drugs.
”The council also collaborated with Iruekpen in Esan Central West/Igueben Federal Constituency of Edo to sensitive the youth. The council hosted two advocacy workshops on drug abuse in the month of September,” he noted.