Government pharmacists’ forum established

12 Mar 2015 15:40pm
OTJIWARONGO, 12 MAR (NAMPA) – Over 30 assistant pharmacists working in State pharmacies countrywide on Wednesday witnessed the launch of the first-ever National Assistant Pharmacists’ Forum at Otjiwarongo in the Otjozondjupa Region.
The Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr Richard Kamwi officiated at the launch.
The meeting commenced on Monday and ends Friday.
Kamwi praised the establishment of the forum, saying it will become a platform at which policymakers and technical officials dealing with pharmaceutical services in the ministry would meet each year and share ideas on how best professional pharmaceutical services could be delivered to patients.
The minister said this annual platform will bring together State assistant pharmacists across the country in order for them to share positive experiences and develop strategies in addressing challenges related to drug dispensation to patients.
He noted that assistant pharmacists are very crucial staff members in the ministry.
“They play a key role in ensuring medicines in dosages are used safely and correctly by patients. They also provide information and guidance in the use of these medicines,” said Kamwi.
The Division of Pharmaceutical Services in the Ministry of Health and Social Services organised the meeting with the plan to establish its own forum.
The deputy director of that Division, Lazarus Indongo said the forum will be used by assistant pharmacists dealing directly with medicines at State pharmacies countrywide to deliberate on some pharmaceutical projects and activities which need implementation.