Thursday, 15 December 2016


By Chibuzor Valentine Okaa

The year 2016 is nearing its end and Anambra State Pharmacy Profession
has been given more than enough to be grateful for and to say we are
solidly behind the government of Chief Dr, Willie Obiano.

The numerous achievements in 2016 are as follows;

1. The employment of 17 pharmacists into the state civil service.His
Excellency is a great believer that the Ministry of Health must reach
its full potential and as such gave approval for the immediate
recruitment of work force to aid in driving his plans for the health

2. Refurbishment of Pharmacy Units in the State Hospitals. His
Excellency was made aware of the results of the PCN visit to the state
during their inspection of our facilities and he approved the
refurbishment of key state general hospitals' Pharmacy Unit to meet up
with the standard set by PCN. This refurbishments has been completed
as of date.

3. Inclusion of a Pharmacist into the Governing Board of COOUTH. We
witnessed a history in the making as one of us was inaugurated as one
of the governing board members of the Chukwuemeka Odimegwu Ojukwu
University Teaching Hospital for the first time since its inception.

4. Security Assurances attracts more Industrialization
With the state very secured for investors, pharmaceutical companies
began to spring up while the existing ones began
expansion. All thanks to assured security by His Excellency.

5. Anambra State Drug Revolving Fund Scheme. His Excellency on
resumption of office was made to understand the need for the state DRF
to kick off and he approved the fund for its take off. This month we
witnessed the inauguration of the DRF steering committee. This will
help to improve the quality of drugs in our state general hospitals.

6. Finally, the State National Health Insurance Scheme. The NHIS has
been a brainchild of His Excellency and who else is capable of pushing
through such wonderful bill, no other than Hon. Pharm. Dr. Nnamdi
Okafor, the Chairman House of Assembly Committee on Health. The bill
is expected to be
passed into law and as Pharmacist we will be the playing a key role to
its fruition.

All these are coming on the back-heel of last year's achievements. We
are highly grateful Your Excellency as you have made us relevant in
this administration. I enjoin all stakeholders to solidly stand with
our working governor.
"As Men of Honor, We join Hands"

Chibuzor Valentine Okaa (B.Sc., M.Sc., MPSN, MFIP)
SA Pharmceutical Matters

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