Obafemi Awolowo University Hosts First Global Health Pharmacy Course In West Africa
The Faculty of Pharmacy of the Obafemi Awolowo University once again achieved a great feat as she alongside Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria and the University of Port-Harcourt hosted the first ever Global Health Pharmacy Course In West Africa. The programme which was held between Saturday, 11th Sunday, 12th February 2017 was held at the New Pharmacy Building, Faculty of Pharmacy, Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-ife.
In all, the programme featured about 18 Sessions, most of which were facilitated by the Course Coordinator, Professor Don Eliseo Prisno, a global health practitioner from China. Some of the other facilitators of the programme include Professor Fatusi; the Provost of the College of Health Sciences at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Pharmacist ‘Bisi Adenipekun; President, Lighthouse Global Health Initiative, Pharmacist Aniekan Ekpeyong amongst others. The founder of the organizing body; AB Global Health initiative, Dr Maidas Ayomide, was also present at the event.
The programme, which was designed for pharmacy schools in the western region featured seven schools; the University of Lagos, University of Ibadan, University of Ilorin, University of Benin, Igbinedion, Olabisi Onabanjo University and the Obafemi Awolowo University.
Commenting on the programme, the coordinator for the Western Region, Mustapha Abdulafeez stated that the programme was brought up from a desire to motivate students to make impact in the sphere of Global health even whilst still undergraduates and contribute to the development of society. Further speaking on the event, the Public Relations Officer of the Western Cohort, Farombi Oluwaseun said; “The programme was indeed a success as expected schools participated in mass and we are proud that we proved the Great Ife to be a leading institution in Pharmacy practice by hosting the first ever Global Health Certificate Course in West Africa”.
The National Executives of the Pharmaceutical Association of Nigeria Students (PANS) led by Alo Setofunmi were also present at the event. And several participants also lauded the organizers for the programme as according to them, it open their eyes to several opportunities for pharmacists especially in the aspect of global health.