COVID-19 a global pandemic: The role of pharmacists in the management
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is presently a global health catastrophe worldwide. It is caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), and present its common clinical symptoms include: fever, fatigue and dry cough, difficulty in breathing, weakness.
The outbreak started in China in December 2019 and has spread to virtually all over the globe. The morbidity and mortality rate in China and many countries around the world, including Nigeria has called for special attention to curb the spread. The COVID-19 pandemic shows how vulnerable we remain to calamities and how such crises may reshape society in lasting ways.
However, moments of crisis also present opportunities to improve our facilities and healthcare infrastructure, and to stimulate us to think about how we can be better prepared in future emergencies as per the health care providers.
Clearly, a holistic approach is necessary to prepare society in the longer term; however, it is obvious that pharmacists have indeed playing a vital role in the areas such as: community sensitization, provision of hand sanitizer, provision health services to patients that have been deprived of their regular clinics/hospital visit due to pressure on the available health facilities especially the elderly and children in resource scarce country like Nigeria.
Apart from the counselling issue, though no dug yet for COVID-19 treatment, but the effort toward drug repurposing is an ongoing process among the pharmaceutical technologies and formulation pharmacists. Additionally, hospital/clinical and community pharmacists are also taking the chunks of the pressure in providing information on preventing the spread of the disease, and their contribution to its efficient management of the underline diseases.