Nigerian government must mandate Nigeria pharmacies to operate on Sundays. If community pharmacists insist that only pharmacist owned pharmacies can operate as retail pharmacies, then the owners of all the retail pharmacies in Nigeria must be mandated to operate seven days of the week.
Its very wrong for pharmacists to insist that only pharmacists can operate retail pharmacies yet they select the days and hours that they can operate. Its the duty of the Nigerian government to protect the lives of the citizens and one of the ways that they must start to do that is to mandate Nigerian pharmacies to open everyday of the week.
I saw the urgent need for this last Sunday. I needed to get an antibiotic for my child but almost all the pharmacies in Surulere Lagos which is more like one of the most developed part of Nigeria, were closed. I eventually had to buy the medication from a pharmacy not owned by a pharmacist but which was open for business by that early hours of the day.
I then asked how we should be insisting on having the sole right as pharmacists to operate retail pharmacies without providing the full medical coverage needed to keep the nation healthy. After all people fall sick every day including Sundays.
If we enjoy the benefit that operating in a protected industry provides, then we must take the responsibility of providing seven days service that that protection demands.
No pharmacist has the right to keep his pharmacy closed on a sunday.
It does not make medical sense because people fall sick on sundays. It does not make religious sense because even the bible tells us that Sabbath was made for man and not man for sabbath.
It should be a priority to mandate Nigerian pharmacies to remain open on sunday. If to mandate Nigerian pharmacies to operate on sundays will be violating the rights. then that right must be protected by allowing people who are ready to operate everyday of the week to operate