By UMAR FARUK, Gusau
Zamfara State chapter of the Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria (ACPN), have closed down their shops to protest non assenting of the 2017 PCN bill passed into law by the National Assembly.
The state secretary of the Association, Pharmacist Linus Ogochuku said the closure of the shops in the state was to demonstrate concerns over the failure of the President to sign the bill into law.
Ogichuku further said, the most annoying thing was the declaration of the bill missing between the presidency to the national assembly.
According to him, the said missing of the bill had contributed tremendously towards proliferation of chaotic drugs distribution system in the country, saying the association is concerned with with health care delivery services.
According to him, the association protest will be sustained Nationwide as directed by the National headquarters of the union until the bill discovered and get final assent by Mr. President.
His words, “This bill when signed, will be the only solutions to the chaotic drugs distribution system and abated drugs abuse destroying Nigeria and her economy, and when assented by Mr. President will prohibited sales of drugs in unauthorized places such as open markets, on the streets, motor parks and so on”.
He further stated that, the PCN bill when signed will no doubt enhance the work of other regulatory agencies which included, NAFDAC, NDLEA, Police as well as compelling Pharmacists to show more responsibilities in the discharge of their duties.
Oguchuku equally maintained that, the 8th National Assembly will be winding up on the 6th June, 2019, the expressed fear that, if the president failed to sign the PCN bill before the end of this current assembly, it will due as natural death with the attendance works to the health of all Nigerians.
The association then called on National Assembly and President Muhammadu Buhari to as a matter of urgency sign and assent the 2017 PCN bill into law in order to salvage Nigerians from immense death as a result of chaotic drugs distribution system and to improve health care delivery. ENDs