Pharmacists council moves against unwholesome practices in hospitals

The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) has deployed about 48 inspectors to six geopolitical zones of the country to rid hospitals of unwholesome practices.

Mr. Peter Iliya, the spokesman of the council made this disclosure on Wednesday in Abuja.

Iliya, who noted that the measure was to ensure improved standards in all areas of pharmacy, spoke of unwholesome practices like quackery perpetrated by some hospitals.

He said that the inspection was to ensure the provision of quality pharmaceutical services including, safety, affordable and efficacious medicines for Nigerians.

“In the South East, hospitals in Ebonyi and Enugu States are being inspected, in the South West, the inspectors are visiting Ogun, Oyo and Lagos States, while Kano State and Jigawa are the targets in the North West.

In the North Central, the team is visiting Plateau, Benue, Kogi and Kwara.

The areas of focus in the exercise are: audit of the personnel, services and infrastructure available in the pharmacy department of each of the hospitals including their capacity for training of interns,” he said.

Iliya explained that in the course of the exercise, hospitals found wanting would be sanctioned to ensure full compliance with the standard of practice in hospital pharmacies.

The spokesperson also said that such sanctions include down grading of such hospitals’ accreditation that would make the council to visit the facility every two years, as against the initial four years in the case of full accreditation.

“Some sanctions can also come in form of blacklisting, down grading of accreditation or outright closure of premises in extreme cases, as the case may be.While carrying out the inspection, if we discover that certain hospitals operate with good practice, we will encourage them to do better,” Iliya said.

He advised all accredited hospital pharmacies to renew their annual hospital pharmacy license as well as their internship accreditation status.