Wife of the President, Mrs. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari has lamented the rampant drug abuse among women and youths in Nigeria, imploring Pharmacists to rise up to the challenge of finding solution to the scourge.
Aisha Buhari, who received members of the Association of Lady Pharmacists (ALP) in her office at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, expressed worry that drug abuse had led to the destruction of the lives of millions of victims.
According to her, the federal government has done well by banning importation of codeine for the preparation of cough syrups as well as retailing of codeine containing cough syrups without prescription, saying that there is the need for pharmacists to comply with the enforcement directive.
“Lady Pharmacists as mothers, have a special role in protecting women and youths against drug abuse.”
Aisha Buhari expressed satisfaction with members of the pharmaceutical profession for their role in research, production and dispensing of medicines that cure diseases and save lives.
This was even as the National Chairman of the Association, Pharmacist Zainab Ujudud Shariff commended the efforts of Mrs. Aisha Buhari through Future Assured, especially in the area of IDPs, women and youth empowerment. She stated the commitment of the ALP to similar ideals, promising to support Future Assured in any way possible.
Zainab Shariff said that drug abuse is indeed a huge challenge that requires input from all stakeholders, and that as lady Pharmacists, they have a special reason to lead the war at homes, markets, schools and elsewhere.
“Presently, we carry our campaigns, advocacy and school debates on drug abuse; we have also championed calls for the establishment of rehabilitation centres across the country to cater for the victims of drug abuse.”
The Association donated drugs for de-worming, anti-malarial and folic acid for use by Future Assured in its medical outreaches.