The Association of Hospital and Administrative Pharmacists of Nigeria has called on the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, not to exclude pharmacists, medical laboratory scientists from its one-year housemanship programme in public hospitals.
The AHAPN National Chairman, Mr. Martins Oyewole, and his National Secretary, Jelili Kilani, in a statement on Thursday, said the move could further polarise the relationship between medical graduates and other health professionals in the sector.
The statement made available to The Punch by the National Vice Chairman, Dr. Kingsley Amibor read, “Our attention has been drawn to the fact that Federal Government has concluded plans to exclusively place medical graduates for its housemanship programme, thereby excluding graduates from other health-related disciplines.
“The sector is already bedeviled with enough strife, professional disharmony, and discord. Nothing must be done to break the fragile peace or throw the sector into another round of endless strikes.
“We believe it is not late for the government to remedy the situation and we demand that this privilege should be enjoyed by intern pharmacists, as well as other pupil professionals in the health industry,” it stated.
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