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PSN: Over 7,000 Pharmacists Have Left Nigeria

On Tuesday, Prof. Cyril Usifoh, the president of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), revealed that more than 7,000 pharmacists have emigrated from Nigeria.

According to him, these pharmacists left Nigeria in search of a better practice environment abroad.

He stated that the issue of brain drain, which remained one of the significant challenges in the health sector, needed serious attention in the interest of the well-being of Nigerians.

Mr Usifoh said the government needed to create an environment conducive for pharmacists to work to reverse the trend and to encourage pharmacists to stay and contribute to the development of the country.

“If you want to stop brain drain, you will create conditions to enable people not to go. The government should create an enabling environment to prevent people from leaving, but to come here.

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“I am confident that when the opportunities are there, you will have what we call brain gain; they will come back: we are here, we are not leaving.’’

Mr Usifoh, a professor of Pharmacy, said part of PSN’s activities as an association was to make Nigeria more self-sufficient and to improve the health sector.

During the society’s 96th annual conference held in Gombe State, the president said the PSN was in the state to evaluate its works in the past year and to strategise on ways to improve the health sector.

He noted that members and industrialists attending the conference were working to partner with the Gombe State government to harness opportunities that abound in the pharmaceutical industry in the state.

“We are planning to partner with the government, especially in its industrial park and to examine how pharmaceutical companies can possibly set up outlets in the state,’’ he said.

The theme of the 2023 PSN 2023 conference is titled: “Pharmaceutical Practice: A pivot to universal health coverage in Nigeria.’’