Ogun State Government on Wednesday disclosed that a total of 2,599 patient medicine license have been approved since 2004 to date by the Pharmacist Council of Nigeria(PCN) to operate in the state.
The Commissioner for Health, Olaokun Soyinka, made this known at the 4th Pharmacist Council Orientation seminar for licensed patient medicine vendors in the state
Mr. Soyinka explained that the figure was part of the 2,950 patent medicine shops that were inspected and recommended by the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the state patent and proprietary medicine vendors license committee
The commissioner said the inspection was to ensure that vendors are adequately informed on the scope of their operations at the community level and to curb activities of illegal operators in the state.
“[The] sporadic emergence of illegal premises in different parts of the state prompted my ministry to adequately empower the pharmaceutical inspection committee to deal decisively with the unscrupulous individuals,” he said.
The Commissioner who was represented by Tunde Olowonyo, a Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, stressed the priority given to health care delivery by the Ibikunle Amosun administration
He also implored the Patent Medicine Vendor Association to continually adhere strictly to their regulations.
Earlier, in her welcome address, the Chairperson, Patent and Proprietary Medicine Vendors License Committee, Modupe Olurin, stated that the seminar would enhance the interaction between the regulatory authorities and patent medicine vendors.
She added that since the vendors are the first port of call at the community level for the supply of medicines, it is important to regularly educate and enlighten the operators.
Ms. Olurin commended the efforts of the National Association of Patent and Proprietary Medicine Dealers and the Pharmaceutical Inspection Committee for their cooperation in the area of identifying illegal patent shops and outlets within the operators
The Registrar, Pharmacist Council of Nigeria, Gloria Abumere, explained that it is important for every new licenced holder to attend an orientation course once every two years, saying that the holders’ certificates of participation should therefore be displayed alongside their license