Registrar/Chief Executive of Pharmacists Council of Nigeria, Mr. Elijah Mohammed, has said that about 60 per cent of Nigerian drug users seek pharmaceutical services in the private sector because of their efficiency, availability, accessibility and responsiveness to the preferences of consumers.
He made this statement in an interview with our correspondent in Abuja on Tuesday.
Expressing the belief that the change mantra of the Federal Government would restore sanity to the pharmaceutical health care in public institutions, Mohammed also stressed the need to infuse efficiency and funds from the private sector into the public sector to enable the health system deliver adequately in the provision of services.
He said, ?The implementation of provisions of the National Policy on Public Private Partnership for health in our public health care institutions has met resistance, apprehension and suspicion from public servants. This poses a critical challenge to the success of the PPP arrangement.
?The PPP is already being initiated in different sectors of the economy, including the health care sector where its implementation is taking various dimensions in different states of the federation.
?About 60 per cent of Nigerians seek healthcare services in the private sector because the health facilities are not fully distributed all over the country, especially among the people living in the rural areas. The facilities there are provided by the private sector. The private sector services are preferred because of their efficiency, availability, accessibility and responsiveness to consumer preferences.?
Mohammed noted that at the end of the workshop, participants always looked forward to achieving a template for pharmacy practice on the hospital setting, especially in the public sector where the PPP approach is being imbibed.
Reacting to the judgment of a Federal High Court in Akure, which gave the PCN the right to regulate anything that had to do with pharmacy in the country, including all premises where pharmaceutical services were being rendered, he said, ?After the judgment, the next step is for us to come together and work for the benefit of the nation and the patients. Most of them have seen the need for us to work together to ensure the welfare of all Nigerians.?