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Nigeria Health Professionals Interact with Pharmacists

Nigeria Health Professionals Interact with Pharmacists

Two Nigerian Professors including Prof. Margaret Olubumi Afolabi and Prof. Tiwalade Olugbade has ended interactions with members of the Pharmaceutical Society of Sierra Leone in Freetown.  Prof. Margaret Olubumi Afolabi and Prof. Tiwalade Olugbade

Speaking on the expanded role of Pharmacists in patient care and in public, Prof. Afolabi said providing healthcare promotion and disease prevention are not only the expanded role of Pharmacists but it also has to do with the provision of direct patient care and sign post for expert management as required.

She explained that documentation care should be provided by the pharmacist in appropriate records and performs triage. She stated that Pharmacists are working with Physicians to meet a patient medication need and selecting or recommending cost effective drug therapy options.

Prof. Afolabi dilated that expanded role constitute research groups to survey the prevailing health conditions of the public especially non communicable diseases and described training workshop on certified basic life support skills to give first aid in the management of cardiac arrest as an example of expanded role and deliberated that another role of a pharmacist is to advocate and liaise with drug companies on health promotion.

She mentioned that review pharmacy training curriculum to include more practice based competencies and development of post graduate credentials to support expanded role as key challenges and pointed out that patient cancelling is more than just providing information to the patient.

Prof. Tiwalade Olugbade who presented a case study of interprofessional cooperation in the interest of the client, clinical relevance of integration of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (TDM) in the management of chronic myeloid leukemia with Imatinib in Nigeria

By Abdulai Mento Kamara

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