The Executive Chairman, Ifako-Ijaiye Local Government, Lagos Mainland, Apostle Oloruntoba Oke, has urged pharmacists across the State and Nigeria to come up with more aggressive campaigns in a bid to tackle the menace of drug misuse or abuse in the society in order to have a virile nation.
The council boss made the plea yesterday, Tuesday, September 25, 2018, at Ifako Mini-Stadium, during the 2018 World Pharmacists’ Day celebrated in the community.
According to him; “In this age and time when misuse and abuse of drugs by youths has taken a dangerous dimension, there is need to map out more aggressive campaigns to dissuade them from the act to free our society of the menace and its attendant consequences.”
He added that the great role community pharmacists play as health care providers in the society underscores the need for them to be involved in ensuring proper dispensing and handing over, prescribed drugs to patients, counseling patients when need be on the drugs information, as well as on their health worries and anxieties.
While praising the Association for the numerous health related activities to commemorate the 2018 World Pharmacists’ Day, Oke pledged his administration’s support for any efforts aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of the people, urging residents of the council area to take advantage of the program to know their health status.
Also speaking at the event, the HOD, Clinical Department, University of Lagos, Dr (Mrs) Olubukola Oyetunde, urged people to be wary of where they buy their medicines and avoid misuse or abuse of drugs to live a healthy and productive life.
At the event, residents of the community were screened for breast, cervical and prostrate cancers, cholesterol level, blood pressures, malaria, HIV, among others.
See some photos from the event below.