UNILAG pupil beats OAU, others in SYTA 2020 to emerge finest pharmacy mind in Nigeria

Managing Director, Shalina Healthcare Nigeria, Mr Somnath Malakar (left); Olanrewaju Isreal Oladayo (OAU) 2nd Place; Adeleke Adekunle Faid (Unilag) 1st Place; Olukorede Damilola Esther (UI) – third Place; Head of Medical Marketing, Shalina Healthcare, Dubai, Dr Rahul Mandlik and Regional Marketing Manager – West Africa , Shalina Healthcare, Folorunso Alaran

Final 12 months pupil of the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Lagos (UNILAG) – Adeleke Adekunle has emerged as the most effective pharmacy mind in Nigeria, profitable the 2020 version of Shalina Young Talents Award (SYTA).

Adekunle beat 700 different college students from the University of Ibadan, Obafemi Awolowo University (Ife), Ahmadu Bello University (Zaria) and University of Nigeria (Nsukka); who entered for the fierce competitors described as the largest hunt for the most effective pharmacy mind in Nigeria.

The pharmacy college students from a few of Nigeria’s prime Universities fought fiercely for the coveted title within the grand finale of the competitors, held in Lagos. The occasion concerned quizzes, debates, case research and viva amongst a number of different standards to pick the eventual winner.

Olarenwaju Israel of Obafemi Awolowo University and Esther Olukorode of University of Ibadan efficiently emerged as the first and 2nd runner-up, respectively.

Speaking on the occasion, the Managing Director, Shalina Healthcare Nigeria Limited, Mr. Somnath Malakar, mentioned the second version of the competitors has been improved on as a part of the transfer to acknowledge the pharmacists neighborhood as one of many integral a part of the healthcare system in Nigeria.

“We kept our promise of making the second edition of SYTA bigger and wider in scale. We went to five universities as compared to three last year”.

“We had about 700 students apply, after the five zonal rounds in each of the universities, where over 100 students appeared for different rounds and finally the top three finalists emerged,” he mentioned.

Malakar mentioned this system concept was drawn from undeniable fact that contemplating the rising want of improved healthcare infrastructure and practitioners in Nigeria, the corporate on its half acknowledges the significance of grooming such younger proficient college students by way of the SYTA initiative, who would ultimately contribute their bit to the career.

“This initiative is an attempt from our side to groom these students so that they go on to become better pharmacists and contribute to the society at large. As the overall healthcare system improves it would not only benefit Shalina but also every other stakeholder within the healthcare ecosystem in the coming days,” he added.

He assured that the pharmaceutical firm will maintain the initiative going ahead.

The Director of Pharmaceutical Services, Lagos State Ministry of Health – Dr. Moyosore Adejumo, recommended the initiative, noting that it’ll enhance the information and comfortable abilities of the scholars, particularly their presentation and communication abilities, that are vital to operate in nationwide and worldwide spheres.

She mentioned the scholars carried out brilliantly and raised legitimate factors throughout the competitors, clearly emphasizing the presence of fantastic up-coming pharmacy minds throughout the nation.

“The initiative is a good platform to have students interact with industry and academic stalwarts. It is an innovative strategy for us in the pharmaceutical industry to groom better young pharmacists for posterity”.

Speaking on the occasion, the President, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa, recommended the corporate for his or her steadfastness, dedication and consistency in organizing the competitors for the second 12 months in a row.

Represented by the National Chairman, Association of Hospital and Administrative Pharmacists of Nigeria (AHAPN), Dr. Kingsley Chiedu Amibor, he mentioned along with an enchancment within the second version of the competitors when it comes to extra faculties participation, the initiative has additionally proven that it’s for the advance and development of the pharmacy career, in addition to the healthcare system in Nigeria.

“There is an obvious improvement from last year, especially as the students raised their performance bar, showing that they are willing to take on the pharmaceutical industry and improve it,” he mentioned.

Also talking, the National Chairman, Association of Community Pharmacists of Nigeria, Pharm Samuel Adekola, mentioned the competitors has improved considerably, as it is going to assist improve the younger pharmacists.

He mentioned “the initiative also shows that we are not just training students but preparing them for the industry. They have really made me proud and it is an evidence that we have a bright future for our pharmacy profession. This program is contributing significantly to the growth of the profession and industry of Nigeria”.

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