Rivers State Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike has commended the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) for its contributions in the quest to improve health care delivery in the State.
Governor Wike disclosed this while playing host to members of the Rivers State Branch of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria at the Government House in Port Harcourt on Thursday, 26th September, 2019.
Represented by his Deputy Dr. Mrs. Ipalibo Harry Banigo, Governor Wike said the PSN's commitment in the war against drug and substance abuse in the State is praise worthy.
He urged them to partner with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency and other critical sectors that have played a role to stem the tide of drug and substance abuse, noting that most of the crimes committed by young adults are propelled by drug and substance abuse.
Governor Wike who said his Administration is committed to job creation disclosed that the Integrated Medical Industries which has been moribund for years would be revived to produce medical consumables and create employment for the Rivers People.
According to him the State University which is having a Medical College for the first time is in the process of hiring staff, noting that all the required members of staff would be employed including pharmacists.
He thanked them for felicitating with him and his Deputy on the achievements of his Administration.
Earlier the State Chairman of Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria. Pharm. Chima Agnellus Ogbu said PSN Rivers State Branch is an umbrella body for all registered pharmacist practising in the state, with a membership strength that cut-across the various sectors of the economy, that actively contributes to the healthcare delivery system through pharmaceutical care services, health improvements, advocacy, health system engineering and public health.
He noted that the pharmaceutical sector all over the world, plays a vital role in the realisation of health, economic and social goals of Government, stressing that this is achieved through the provision of quality medicine, drug information services, pharmaceutical products, medical services, health education, public health advocacy, pharmaceutical care as well as the provision of other services to the populace.