1st AUGUST, 2021.

FROM THE SECRETARY’S DESK

Dear Esteemed Colleagues,

UPDATE FOR THE MONTH OF JULY 2021

On behalf of the National Chairman, Central 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 July.

We thank God for the successful completion of our 2nd Annual National Conference. Words are inadequate to express our sincere appreciation to all Young Pharmacists (YPs) who came in large numbers to grace the conference which held between July 7th – 11th, 2021. The theme was “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.

The 5-day conference featured panel discussions, presentations, workshops, breakout sessions, gala night, community health outreach. and townhall meeting with a certificate of attendance awarded to participants. All events were carefully selected to promote camaraderie and strengthen our preparedness for the future of the profession in the post COVID-19 era. We also had our first Physical NEC meeting at the conference after three virtual meetings and we appreciate all NEC members who were present.

We joined other healthcare stakeholders in commemorating the World Hepatitis Day on 28th July with Co-hosting an Instagram Live chat tagged: “THE ROLE OF EARLY DIAGNOSIS AND VACCINATION IN HEPATITIS”. It was an insightful and engaging session which left YPs in attendance better equipped to contribute their quota in the fight against hepatitis. Various state chapters also made encouraging efforts including offering free screening for hepatitis as well as other health promotion initiatives. Notable amongst the chapters include Lagos and Akwa Ibom. As Pharmacists and Young Professionals, we are at the fore front in the fight to combat hepatitis and as such we should lead by example by getting tested and vaccinated as needed.

Classes for Project Management in Global Health as well as Classes for Policy Development and Advocacy for Global Health hosted in collaboration with the Department of Global Health, University of Washington have commenced. It is pertinent to note that these programs being hosted are very valuable and all should endeavour to participate in future courses.

We secured free slots for 30 YPs to attend The Panel, a premium event geared at improving the productivity and outputs of retail community pharmacies. This endeavour was conceived to improve our professional competencies making us better equipped to survive in the ever-challenging terrain of Community pharmacy practice.

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 assiduously 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