Commissioner for Information & Orientation, Barr. Mrs. RoseMary Effiom Archibong recently flagged off the 2018 World Pharmacists Day in Calabar with the theme “Pharmacists: Your Medicines Experts”.
Declaring the event open at the Rabana Roundabout, Mrs. Archibong commended the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, Cross River State branch for working towards improving the health system of the State.
The Commissioner reiterated that the Governor Ben Ayade’s signature project of establishing a Pharmaceutical Company [Calapharm] in Calabar, is in line with his vision of rendering quality and improved health care service to the citizenry.
Mrs. RoseMary stated that Calapharm is the first Pharmaceutical Company in the South/South Region of Nigeria, adding that it is also the first to be affiliated with a university [University of Calabar, thereby creating an avenue for them to use their platform to carry out research work to break barriers in Medical Science especially in the production of Natural Herbal Medicines as well as expand their horizon.
The President, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, Cross River State branch, Mr. Ekpenyong Effiong, stated that the celebration is observed every September 25th worldwide to create public awareness on the duties and true definition of a Pharmacist.
Mr. Effiong disclosed that Pharmacists are the most accessible people in the Health Team as they are always willing to render services and give out first hand information to those who visit the hospitals and within the Health System with issues of drugs usage.
The event featured a road walk along major routes of Calabar, a Pharmacy Professional Awareness Campaign at the West African Peoples Institute [WAPI] and a Media Sensitization on the roles and characteristics of a Pharmacist.