1st JUNE, 2021.

FROM THE SECRETARY’S DESK

Dear Esteemed Colleagues,

UPDATE FOR THE MONTH OF MAY 2021

On behalf of the National Chairman, Executive Council and the NEC, I use this medium to wish all Young Pharmacists (YPs) in Nigeria and abroad a Happy New Month. As it has been the tradition of the secretariat, we present to you the report of activities held in the month of May.

We hosted our first regionalized professional development webinar for the North East tagged “NAVIGATING CAREER TRENDS IN THE PHARMACY PRACTICE” which was really engaging and educative.

We had our second Professional development session on our telegram platform discussing the topic “Mixed Vaginal Infections: Causes and Treatment” which was geared at improving the clinical competencies of YPs in managing vaginal infections.

We hosted our third Tweet chat tagged: “THE PHARMACIST AND THE PATIENT: UNDERSTANDING PATIENTS’ RIGHTS AND PHARMACISTS’ RESPONSIBILITIES” which had a reach of over 3500 tweeps. This was conceived in order to address questions regarding patients’ rights to health and medicine information.

Registration for our 2nd Annual National Conference scheduled for July 7th – 11th commenced earlier in the month and would end on the 13th of June, 2021. Late registration commences immediately on the 14th of June, 2021. The theme is “The Future of Pharmacy: Opportunities and Challenges”. The Annual National Conference is the largest gathering of young pharmacists in Nigeria, with participants drawn from all the 36 states and the FCT, as well as participants from diaspora.

The 5-day conference will feature panel discussions, presentations, workshops, breakout sessions, gala night, community health outreach. and more; all events have been carefully selected to promote camaraderie and strengthen our preparedness for the future of the profession in the post COVID-19 era. Visit www.psn-ypg.org/conference to register now.

We joined other healthcare stakeholders in commemorating World Hypertension Day on 17th May with the theme: “MEASURE YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE ACCURATELY, CONTROL IT, LIVE LONGER”. A report on our activities can be found via: www.psn-ypg.org/news/2021/05/world-hypertension-day-2021-report. We commemorated the World Asthma Day on the 4th of May with the theme: “UNCOVERING ASTHMA MISCONCEPTIONS”. We also commemorated the World No Tobacco Day on the 31st of May with the theme: “QUIT TOBACCO TO BE A WINNER”. As Young Pharmacists, we advocate against all forms of substance abuse including tobacco.

Classes for the Fundamentals of Global Health Research course, hosted in collaboration with the Department of Global Health, University of Washington are still ongoing. Registration for Project Management in Global Health & Policy Development and Advocacy for Global Health has ended while payment is still on. Kindly contact the secretariat for more info.

We have recorded some progress concerning the non-payment of intern salaries. While some institutions have started complying, we are still working on getting others up to speed with the payment. We are confident that our advocacy efforts will yield positive results.

We have been active on our social media channels with our daily programs. Do ensure not to miss out by following us on our dedicated handles.

The Leadership of PSN-YPG are working tirelessly to ensure YPs get the best bargain and we appreciate all stakeholders for continued support towards seeing this administration succeed.

Once again, we wish everyone a Happy New Month. Thank you and God bless.

Yours in service,

Tijesu Folorunsho MPSN

National Secretary/Project Coordinator