Journal of Research in Pharmacy Practice

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2022  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 25--32

Community pharmacists' services during the COVID-19 pandemic: A case study of Lagos State, Nigeria


Ogochukwu U Amaeze1, Alexander A Akinola1, Ayobami A Aiyeolemi1, Folasade O Lawal2, Oghogho R Ijomone1, Ugochukwu A Mbata3 
1 Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Biopharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria
2 Victory Drugs, Festac Town, Lagos, Nigeria
3 Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Faculty of Science, University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Ogochukwu U Amaeze
Department of Clinical Pharmacy and Biopharmacy, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Lagos, Lagos
Nigeria

Objective: To explore the services community pharmacists in Lagos state provided to their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Methods: A cross-sectional survey of community pharmacists drawn from all the Association of Community Pharmacists' zones in Lagos state was done from April to June 2021. Data were collected using a structured, self-reported online questionnaire via Google Forms and were analyzed using descriptive and inferential statistical analysis. Findings: Two hundred and forty community pharmacists participated in the study; the response rate was 80.5%. Patient counseling (99.6%), assessment and treatment of common acute ailments (99.6%), and patient education on hygiene (99.6%) were the most reported services provided by community pharmacists. The COVID-19 infection prevention and control measures most frequently practiced by the pharmacists include cleaning of floors with soap and water (98.4%), provision of hand sanitizers for staff use (97.1%), and taking precautions when handling prescriptions and dispensing drugs (96.7%). Significant barriers to the provision of the services were reduced workforce in the pharmacy, time constraints, and extended working hours. Zinc (98.3%), Vitamin C (97.5%), and ivermectin (95.0%) tablets were the most reported medications for the prevention and treatment of COVID-19 infection. Conclusion: Community pharmacists in Lagos state actively provide pharmacy services and practice various recommended infection prevention and control measures to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 infection in their communities.


How to cite this article:
Amaeze OU, Akinola AA, Aiyeolemi AA, Lawal FO, Ijomone OR, Mbata UA. Community pharmacists' services during the COVID-19 pandemic: A case study of Lagos State, Nigeria.J Res Pharm Pract 2022;11:25-32


How to cite this URL:
Amaeze OU, Akinola AA, Aiyeolemi AA, Lawal FO, Ijomone OR, Mbata UA. Community pharmacists' services during the COVID-19 pandemic: A case study of Lagos State, Nigeria. J Res Pharm Pract [serial online] 2022 [cited 2022 Oct 3 ];11:25-32
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