PSN charges pharmacists in Americas on teamwork

PSN President, Ahmed I. Yakasai

PSN President, Ahmed I. Yakasai

Nigerian pharmacists have charged their colleagues in diaspora on delivering healthcare through multidisciplinary approach.President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Ahmed Yakasai, said clinical care is becoming increasingly complex with ageing populations, increase in the incidence of chronic diseases like diabetes, cancer, Human Immuno-deficiency Virus (HIV)/Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) and occurrence of co-morbidities.

Yakasai, in his opening remarks at the 10th Annual Scientific Conference and Exposition of Nigerian Association of Pharmacists and Pharmaceutical Scientists in the Americas (NAPPSA) on June 23, 2016, at Caesars Palace Hotel, Las Vegas, United States, said, the situation has forced health care givers of diverse professional backgrounds to embrace multidisciplinary approach to care of patients.

The theme of the NAPPSA conference is ‘Delivering Healthcare Through a Multidisciplinary Team Approach.’ Yakasai said multidisciplinary care, an integrated team approach to healthcare, has been proven to reduce mortality and improve quality in chronically ill patients because the therapeutic decisions made by multidisciplinary teams are more in accord with evidence-based guidelines than those taken by the individual healthcare professional.

The PSN President said this approach to care also results in greater patient- satisfaction with therapy and reduction in duration of hospital admissions as well as significant reduction in the number of unplanned hospital readmission.

He further explained: “Distinguished colleagues, I want to assure you that the flag of pharmacy is already being flown high and we shall not rest until the profession is taken to the very top where it belongs. We have started to collaborate with our colleagues in the other health care professions especially the medical doctors. The collaboration has witnessed an accelerated dimension as evident in the active participation of the President of Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) at my recent inauguration ceremony as PSN President, my invitation as Guest Speaker in the Committee of Chief Medical Directors forum, telephone call by the new elected President of NMA and PSN participation in the 58th National Council on Health as a member.”

Yakasai said that there is no doubt that harmony and teamwork in the health sector is what can ensure optimal healthcare delivery as highlighted in the following studies:

1.Canadian Health Services Foundation (2006) on Teamwork in Healthcare: Promoting Effective Teamwork in Healthcare in Canada which advanced the position that: “A Healthcare system that supports effective teamwork can improve the quality of patient care, enhance patient safety, and reduce workload issues that cause burnout among healthcare professionals…. Improved teamwork and collaborative care can have been shown to improve performance in many aspects of the healthcare system, including primary healthcare and public health.

2.Hayward, Forbes, Lau, and Wilson (2000) as well as Hackman (1987) in different studies on the health workforce in relation to services delivery show that patient safety and the quality of services rendered by health professionals are significantly improved when there is teamwork in the health team, while at the same time, helping to reduce stress and workloads for the different cadres within the team.

Yakasai said with a mission to promote healthy living and disease prevention through effective pharmaceutical care and facilitation of efficient healthcare delivery systems and strategies in America, Nigeria, Africa and the rest of the world, NAPPSA has lived up to expectation and has been a role model for other professional bodies.

He expressed gratitude to NAPPSA for invaluable contributions to promoting pharmacy best practices in Nigeria. “NAPPSA, no doubt, is the icing on the cake of pharmacy practice in Nigeria, but permit me to charge you to continue to push for excellence in your individual practices and career so that you can always remain an object of pride and joy to us back home. Then together we are stronger,” Yakasai said.

The pharmacist said the NAPPSA Foundation is a wonderful idea that other professional bodies must emulate. “I am very proud of your giant strides to make our profession better in order to serve humanity optimally,” he said.

The PSN President further stated: “In this light, let me use this medium to salute the sagacity and courage of the founding fathers and leadership of NAPPSA for providing a veritable platform for Nigerian pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists in diaspora to fraternise and network. This forum has enabled you to contribute your own quota towards the development and building of our nation especially in the health sector of our economy.

“NAPPSA has proven to be a relevant and dependable ally of PSN in matters relating to the development, growth and total emancipation of pharmacy profession in Nigeria by brokering enhanced working relationship with the stakeholders in the health sector, particularly the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) and National Agency for Food Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).

“Over the years NAPPSA has commendably been in the vanguard of advancing the course of pharmacy education in Nigeria. You have taken a lead in efforts to actualize the implementation of Pharm. D curriculum through the active participation of your members as resource persons during the 2015 Education Summit of Nigeria Academy of Pharmacy and provision of a draft of Basic Minimum Academic Standard (BMAS). The PSN/PCN have used this template as reference for the National University Commission (NUC) BMAS for Pharm. D curriculum in Nigeria. On this note I must specially recognise the effort of Prof. Teresa Pounds.”

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