PCN warns pharmacists against professional misconduct

By Hassan Zaggi

The Pharmacist Council of Nigeria (PCN) has warned younger pharmacists against engaging in any form of professional misconduct.

The Registrar of the Council, Pharm. Elijah  Mohammed, gave the warning at the oath-taking ceremony of fresh graduands of the faculty of pharmacy, Madonna University, Elele, Anambra state, yesterday.

According to him: “The  Council  frowns at  professional  misconduct  in  its  entirety.   

“So,  any  form  of misconduct by any Pharmacist is usually investigated by the PCN Investigating Panel and   if  the   Pharmacist  have   a  case  to  answer,  he  or  she  is  referred  to  the Disciplinary   Tribunal   which   has  the   status  of   Federal   High  Court   in  Nigeria.

“Sentences such as removal   of  the  Pharmacists  name from  the  Pharmaceutical register for a given period could be passed.

“More so, you are expected to keep off from the Register-and-go Syndrome which has tarnished  the  image   of  Pharmacists  and  has brought the  Profession  to  ridicule. Always  bear  in mind  that  things  take  time  and  do  all in you  power  to  uphold  the ethics of the profession at all times.”

The Registrar, however, charged the young pharmacists to join hands with the government in combating the spread of COVID-19 in the country.

“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 over emphasised.

“I therefore urge you all to seek and  acquire  the  necessary certification that  would  position you to do  it when   the  Government approves  such,” the Registrar said.  

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