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Adelusi-Adeluyi tasks health professionals to work in harmony

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By Sola Ogundipe

Former Minister of Health and President of the Nigeria Academy of Pharmacy, Prince Julius Adelusi-Adeluyi, has urged health professionals in the country to work in harmony to tackle  issues for the good of the country.” Adelusi-Adeluyi, who lamented the current situation of the health sector, said: “the poor state of affairs is made even worse by the animosity, distrust and consequently, disharmony among  different professionals in the health sector.”

Adelusi-Adeluyi said that the most vital resource in the health sector was not the annual budgetary allocation from government, but the huge human resource endowment. It is only by building on its strengths which include its diversity, that the health sector can become truly primed to deliver optimal value to Nigeria.

“Here is a sector brimming with enthusiastic and well-trained doctors, pharmacists, nurses, medical scientists, optometrists and other cadres of professionals. If professionals in this sector would cooperate with each other and work as one united team, it would be a big plus for healthcare delivery in our country.”

Adelusi-Adeluyi acknowledged that the mutual animosity among health professionals is not unfounded.

“Developments over the years”, he said, had unfortunately helped to pitch the different groups of professionals against each other by perpetuating negative perceptions of each other.

Such negative perceptions had fed fat on anger and divisive statements by the various cadres of professionals, to the detriment of Nigerians who ought to benefit from an optimally functional healthcare industry.

In the light of the foregoing, towards restoring harmony among the health  professionals, the Nigeria Academy of Pharmacy in partnership with the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, PSN, is organising a symposium of  experts drawn from the major health disciplines.

Former Minister of Health, Professor Eyitayo Lambo is billed todeliver the keynote address at the event which holds at the   University of Lagos on May 11, 2017.

The symposium,   is  being put  together to curtail the animosity in the health sector and fast-track  emergence of a culture of mutual trust and collaboration among the professionals.

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