The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) says it registered 21,892 pharmacists in 2016 and licensed 12,700 of them to practice.
The Registrar of PCN, Mr Elijah Mohammed, at a stakeholder’s sensitisation and consultative forum also said the numbers accredited and licensed to practice were grossly inadequate to meet the needs of the country.
He identified the gap between the number of registered and licensed pharmacists on failure of the professionals to obtain or renew their practicing licenses.
He expressed displeasure on the responses given by some of these unlicensed pharmacists when accosted “some of them always respond by saying it is meaningless for me to obtain license since I am not practicing’’.
Giving the statistical distribution of pharmacists in the pharmaceutical sector, Mohammed further decried that 190 out of the 774 local government areas in the country have only one registered community pharmacist each while 584 have none.
According to him, the only way to bridge this gap is to ensure improved quality service delivery by the community pharmacists and the Patents and Proprietary Medicine Vendors (PPMVs).
Mohammed emphasised that was envisioned to create an enabling and regulatory environment for the provision of quality pharmaceutical services for sustainable healthcare delivery.
The registrar assured that the council is poised to reposition community pharmacists to improve quality of healthcare delivery in the country by ensuring efficient pharmacy practices in all the nooks and crannies of the society.
“We infused in them that by indulging in the sales of fake and substandard drugs they are killing their clients which is disadvantageous to their business. The council is poised to re-position community pharmacies to improve quality of healthcare delivery in the country,’’ he said.