Pharmacists in the Delta State have been assured of better representation and improvement at various level of their practice.
The assurance was given by the Commissioner for Health, Dr Joseph Otumara when he received members of the Nigerian Association of Hospital and Administrative Pharmacists (NAHAP), Delta State Branch, who paid him a courtesy visit.
The commissioner said pharmacists employed by the State Government have been of immense help to the success recorded in the free maternal and under-five programmes, promising that the non-inclusion of pharmacists in pilgrimages to the holy land would be a thing of the past from the next exercise.
Dr Otumara assured the delegation that as soon as his ministry gets approval, more pharmacists would be employed, saying that the number might even surpass what the association was asking for.
While thanking the delegation for their support and solidarity with the vision of the State Government, he called on them to remain dedicated to their duty.
The commissioner said critical attention would be paid to all issues raised, adding that his ministry was ever disposed to welcome ideas on how service delivery in the health sector could be improved upon.
Earlier, the State Chairman of NAHAP, Pharmacist Dr. Kingsley Amibor, called on the commissioner to look into issues ranging from employment of more pharmacists, appropriate remuneration for pharmacists, to appointment of pharmacists into the Board of DELSUTH, Oghara and sponsorship of pharmacists to post graduate programmes, among others.