By G9ija

The Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) has urged the 236 fresh Pharmacy graduands of Madonna University, Elele to deploy their professional training in the fight against the deadly covid-19 pandemic.

It stated that they should develop competencies and certifications in vaccine storage and administration, as this is urgently required in the country at the moment.

The Registrar of the PCN, N.A.E. Mohammed spoke during the Oath taking/Induction  of the  graduands

He said: “You will attest with me that the struggle to combat Covid-19 has remained a global emergency. As pharmacists and frontline health workers, you all are expected to be at the frontline offering professional advice to people on how to observe all the necessary precautionary measures.

“Furthermore, you are also expected to collaborate with the government to curtail the spread and work assiduously towards ensuring that Nigeria and indeed the world are certified covid-19 free.

“Every little contribution you make in your various practice areas will definitely impact combating the virus. With the development and approval of vaccines across the globe, the need for Nigerian Pharmacists to be involved in vaccine storage and administration cannot be overemphasised.

“I therefore urge you all to seek and acquire the necessary certification that would position you to do it when the government approves such. Already in the USA, pharmacists are actually involved in vaccine storage and administration.

“I encourage you to explore the research aspect of pharmacy practice as this area has become a focal point, bearing in mind the urgent need to develop effective drugs and vaccines for covid-19. Therefore, I wish to encourage all to join hands with the Federal Government, to work towards achieving the above objectives.

“As an advice to the new graduands, do not fill your career with abandoned projects, make purposeful changes in life to compliment your experience, be focused on your targets and wait patiently for your time.”