Alli canvasses more allocation for health sector
Member of Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Yusuf Alli, yesterday, canvassed more allocation to the health sector, describing the ministry as the most valuable in any economy.
The Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) said the outbreak of the dreaded Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) should serve as “eye-opener” to all the nations of the world that the issues of health should take a pivotal spot on their budgetary allocation.
Represented by Kehinde Eleja (SAN) at the 22nd National Annual Scientific Conference of Association of Hospital and Administrative Pharmacists of Nigeria (AHAPN) in Ilorin, Kwara State, the senior lawyer said a prompt legislation should be couched by the National Assembly to back up his proposition.
His words: “We appreciate the important role of the healthcare providers all over the world, especially in Nigeria, during the sudden outbreak of the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic.
“In view of this, the pandemic has thrown new challenges to all categories of professionals in the world. The health sector should be treated with preference, especially in the area of budgetary allocation. This will put the whole world at peace.”
Ali viewed the use of technology as another modern weapon the outbreak introduced into all professions, urging pharmacists to explore tech in their services.
In his welcome address, the outgoing Chairman of AHAPN, Dr. Kingsley Amibor, said the theme of the conference, ‘Advancing Technology Revolution in Pharmaceutical Service Delivery’, was coined in response to the technological challenges the COVID-19 era brought to the health sector.
“For one, we are in an era that is technology-driven, and this has been made more obvious by the pandemic.
“I am using this opportunity to challenge our members to embrace technology in our practice, in line with global practices,” Amibor said.
He praised the Keynote Speaker, Pat Erah, a professor of Clinical Pharmacy reputed as the brain behind the computerisation of all departments and faculties at the University of Benin (UNIBEN), Edo State, urging his colleagues to emulate the professor’s ingenuity.
In the course of the confab, the Distinguished Service Awards (DSA) will be bestowed on some members who had meritoriously served the association in different capacities.
The Emir of Ilorin/Chairman of Kwara State Council of Chiefs, Dr. Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari, was represented at the event by the Balogun Gambari of Ilorin, Mohammed Aliyu.
Delegates to the conference, which will end tomorrow, cut across the six geo-political zones.