Igbinedion University sets up a tablet-manufacturing factory

According to Igbinedion University, Okada in Edo, it has established a tablet manufacturing plant to service the local needs of the host town and its teaching hospital.

This was revealed on Wednesday during the 13th oath-taking/induction ceremony for 101 pharmacy graduates of the 2022/2023 session, by the vice-chancellor of the institution, Lawrence Ezemonye.

He clarified that the Department of Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Technology at the university housed the facility.

“It was designed for undergraduate and postgraduate teaching, research, extemporaneous compounding, as well as production of tablets.

The institution has also built an automated line for the production of antiseptics, disinfectants and reagents.

“This will further strengthen our teaching and research and meet the immediate aseptic needs of the University Teaching Hospital and other health institutions in the state,” he said.

The vice-chancellor urged the inductees to cultivate a sense of purpose in their profession.

Rather than just being medicine dispensers, Mr Ezemonye advised the new pharmacists to advocate for premium health and well-being.

Ibrahim Ahmed, the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) registrar, administered the oath to the new members and reminded them to uphold the ethical standards of their profession.

He stated that the council strongly disapproved of any form of professional misconduct and would not think twice about disciplining a member who committed an error.

The inductees were advised by the PCN registrar to focus on their internship programme and advance their careers while doing so.

In the meantime, Paul Enebeli stressed the importance of optimising the role of pharmacy in healthcare delivery during his introductory speech.