acpn Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN)
The Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN)

Community Pharmacists Critical in Routine Immunisation Uptake – ACPN

The Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN) has highlighted the critical roles played by community pharmacists in Nigeria, stressing that they play a crucial in the healthcare systems, particularly in the attainment of Universal Health Coverage by 2030.

The association also noted that community pharmacists could address gaps in routine immunisation coverage in Nigeria and increase uptake.

National Chairman of ACPN, Adewale Oladigbolu, disclosed this while speaking ahead of the association’s forthcoming 42nd Annual Scientific Conference in Asaba, Delta State, with the theme, ‘Building Effective Community Pharmacy Services for Universal Health Coverage’.

He said the conference aims to shed light on the crucial role of community pharmacists in providing accessible and quality healthcare services for all.

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Oladigbolu explained that the conference will bring together renowned experts, policymakers, and community pharmacist representatives to discuss key areas, among which is the importance of community pharmacist services, opportunities, and to also examine the challenges faced by community pharmacists

He noted that the services of community pharmacists go beyond dispensing medications, stressing that they play a vital role in promoting the public health and well-being of the citizens.

The ACPN National Chairman said community pharmacists being the closest healthcare professionals to the people have an important role to play in primary healthcare services, especially in the area of routine immunisation.

He observed that with universal health coverage becoming a global priority, it is essential to recognise the significant contribution of community pharmacists and explore ways to enhance their services.