RE­FLEC­TIONS My pas­sion for phar­macy earned me a trip to Ger­many -Young Khalid

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Young Phar­ma­cist, Khalid Garba Mo­hammed is our per­son­al­ity this week. He re­flects on how his pas­sion and ac­com­plish­ments in the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal ca­reer earned him a re­search trip to Ger­many re­cently. The 27 year old Kano Phar­ma­cist told YOUTHVILLE that the in­flux of drug im­ports by fake prac­ti­tion­ers is alarm­ing and said he is ad­vo­cat­ing for its rid­dance and build­ing a bet­ter so­ci­ety. Text by Si­mon youngest, so they ac­tu­ally E. Sun­day @ stand by my side al­ways. Si­monEchewo­fun What are some of the

is­sues you are ad­dress­ing hat’s the story as an ex­pert? be­hind your Well, as drug ex­pert of ex­cel­lence in course there are a num­ber Phar­macy? of is­sues de­bil­i­tat­ing the

My story starts from pro­fes­sion, es­pe­cially the sec­ondary school life, with re­gards to fake and be­cause I was the head coun­ter­feit drugs as well stu­dent in my set, so you as open drug mar­ket in know you need to study Nige­ria. I mean the sit­u­a­tion harder and cou­pled with is se­ri­ously dis­turb­ing. man­ag­ing re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. Phar­ma­cists are the only Then IJMB re-shaped my ex­perts li­censed to im­port mind set about science and ex­port drugs, but it is be­cause the lec­tur­ers were quit un­for­tu­nate that in ex­cel­lent, I can tell you Nige­ria even some­one who that my en­tire back­ground did not at­tend pri­mary as a sci­en­tist, I was school is into drug busi­ness groomed dur­ing my IJMB to­day. This sit­u­a­tion is pro­gramme. dan­ger­ous to the na­tion

So these ex­pe­ri­ences be­cause the end users are made life much eas­ier for the cit­i­zens and some­times me in phar­macy school at the harm could be passed Univer­sity, be­cause I was unto to other gen­er­a­tions. al­ready used to read­ing Could you de­scribe a con­sciously , and I al­ways typ­i­cal work day be­ing a en­sured that I go through Mas­ters stu­dent? my lec­ture notes same day I am pur­su­ing my M.Sc. it was de­liv­ered. I re­port my cur­rently in Phar­ma­ceu­tics prac­ti­cal promptly be­cause at A.B.U. so I spend more in phar­macy we do a lot of time in the lab­o­ra­tory prac­ti­cal classes. con­duct­ing re­search.

Then another thing When avail­able in of­fice that sharp­ened my I mostly pay at­ten­tion on ex­pe­ri­ence and ex­posed my re­search the­sis writ­ing. me to the larger so­ci­ety and But then I of­ten par­tic­i­pate dif­fer­ent public opin­ions in NGOs ac­tiv­i­ties and were the posts I held as we move around lo­cal Pres­i­dent of Kano-Ji­gawa com­mu­ni­ties to im­ple­ment Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Stu­dents’ pro­grammes that will As­so­ci­a­tion (KAJIPSA) im­prove peo­ple’s health and in 2010, there­after I was im­prove the qual­ity of life. also elected as Pres­i­dent What is the defin­ing of the Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal mo­ment in your ca­reer? As­so­ci­a­tion of Nige­rian I can vividly say that Stu­dent (PANS), Ah­madu the year 2014 is the most Bello Univer­sity Chap­ter ex­cit­ing mo­ment in my in 2011. These posts ca­reer as phar­ma­cist and al­lowed me in­ter­act with also in my life as a whole. im­por­tant per­son­al­i­ties. One may won­der why? But above all these, I also The rea­son is sim­ple, I have en­joyed full sup­port from been dream­ing to be­come my fam­ily, es­pe­cially my an aca­demic phar­ma­cist el­der broth­ers; I was the and re­searcher, and it

Wbe­came re­al­ity early 2014, I was given of­fer as as­sis­tant lec­turer with Bayero Univer­sity, Kano, later in the same 2014 I got mar­ried to my lovely wife Has­sana, so that’s what made the year 2014 spe­cial to me. What are the chal­lenges fac­ing young Nige­ri­ans to­day?

Hon­estly I think the main chal­lenge fac­ing Nige­rian youth is the syn­drome of ‘Think big and start big’. I have ac­tu­ally seen a lot of Nige­rian grad­u­ates a wait­ing a white color job, we need to change this habit, start some­where and then move ahead.

What projects are you cur­rently work­ing on?

My cur­rent pro­ject is on my M.Sc., where I am work­ing on starch from a tu­ber in­dige­nous to Nige­ria (Liv­ing­stone potato). We want to see how we can mod­ify the starch for use as di­rectly com­press­ible in­cip­i­ent in tablet for­mu­la­tion and I am hop­ing in the next cou­ple of months I should be able to com­plete it. I am also plan­ning to pro­ceed with my PhD im­me­di­ately.

What ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­ity do you en­gage your­self in?

Well, I en­joyed most of my free time with my fam­ily, and I love trav­el­ling. I of­ten watch movies at my free time.

Is there a chance for youth who want to grow their ca­pac­i­ties in phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal ad­vo­cacy?

Yes. The most im­por­tant thing in life is to un­der­stand who you are, I meant your strengths and weak­nesses, and then look out for op­por­tu­ni­ties and chase them. I re­cently at­tended an In­ter­na­tional Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Fed­er­a­tion Con­fer­ence in Ger­many, my ex­pe­ri­ence is that there are op­por­tu­ni­ties in phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal and health sec­tor world­wide and in the de­vel­oped world, young phar­ma­cists are more ori­ented in be­ing self de­pen­dent and groomed as en­tre­pre­neur where one can start on his own and build new ideas into healthcare sys­tems.

In Nige­rian con­text, the fact is that we need to think out­side the box and stop depend­ing on gov­ern­ment, phar­ma­cists should think on in­dus­trial prac­tice, think on re­search and in­no­va­tions.

How­did you get spon­sorhip to Ger­many?

It was ac­tu­ally a spe­cial travel grant given to se­lected young phar­ma­cists in Nige­ria through the Young Phar­ma­cists Group of Nige­ria (YPG-N) and the Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal So­ci­ety of Nige­ria (PSN).The grant is ba­si­cally awarded to young phar­ma­cists based on ac­com­plish­ments, pas­sion for the pro­fes­sion and fu­ture plans. So I ap­plied and I gladly was the only YPG-N mem­ber se­lected from the North­ern ex­trac­tion.

What is your ad­vice for youths, many who are still un­em­ployed?

The truth

is that we can ac­tu­ally think big and start small, then build up grad­u­ally. When you grad­u­ate get some­thing do­ing no mat­ter how small it is, it could be bet­ter than none, then keep seek­ing for a bet­ter one.

Khalid Garba Mo­hammed tak­ing an oath

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