Why Pharmacists’ Training Is Capital-Intensive, By Onyekweli

BY ANTHONY ARUGBA
THE Dean of Faculty of Pharmacy, Delta State University, Abraka, Prof. Anthony Onyekweli, has revealed that the training of Pharmacists is capital intensive because the programme is a Multidisciplinary course, combining skills acquisition in the Basic Medical Sciences and applying them to chemicals used in the formulation of drugs.
Prof. Onyekweli, disclosed this in an exclusive interview with The Pointer at his office in Site three, Abraka over the week.
He disclosed that Specialisation and sub-specialisation of disciplines in Pharmacy add to the cost of training, as equipping each of the six different departments is expensive.
‘’ I wish to appeal to all good-hearted People of Delta State and the country to team up with Delta State Government and the Management of the University to provide the required funds to build a word class Faculty of Pharmacy.’’
The Dean further stressed that the graduands have been experiencing some difficulties in finding placement for internship. ‘’Of the 94 Pharmacists in the combined 1st and 2nd sets of induction, not up to 50% have placement for internship. Adding another 59 graduands to the pool, the few facilities in the state will ‘’burst’’. I plead with the state government to release allocation of places to Pharmacy for internship in the teaching hospital, Oghara, and in hospitals under the Hospital Managemet Board.
While commending the efforts of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Victor Peretomode for the continued support in providing the necessary and conducive environment for the training of our up-coming Pharmacy students and the inductees that were inducted last month. He used the opportunity to advise them to be humble and respectful and not to exhibit the trait some of them displayed while in school. ‘’ Your journey in the profession is just beginning. Humility is what you need to get you through.’’ He advised.