‘Pharmacists should play vital role in health care delivery’

‘Pharmacists should play vital role in health care delivery’

Kohima, September 25: Nagaland on Tuesday celebrated Pharmacist Day on the theme “Pharmacist, your medicine expert” with a call for Pharmacist to play pivotal role in delivery of better health care service. The occasion was organized by Nagaland State Pharmacy Council.
Addressing the pharmacists, Principal Director of Health and Family Welfare, Dr Vikeyie Losu said pharmacists carry out multi tasking work, even to the extent of administering medicines and also attending to traumatic injuries.
“They play the role of doctor in small way which becomes a major support towards the health delivery system,” he said.
While stating that generic drugs have also been given much importance through the central scheme of Janausadhi, Dr Losu called upon the pharmacists to upgrade their knowledge in order to be true medicine experts thereby providing right medicine with right dose and best combination.
In this, he also said that pharmacies should be manned by pharmacist and not the sale person.
“Your expertise should be used to provide better health care as you are in better position of dispensing medicine,” Dr Losu stated.
Nagaland State Pharmacy Council president, Dziesevotuo called upon the pharmacists to be serious with public health.
He said that pharmacists need to play a vital role in public health care system by thoroughly checking the market surveillance of new drugs.
Expressing that Pharmacist have been making best effort to upgrade their knowledge for better health care, he lamented that both the centre and state government have been under utilizing the pharmacists profession.
Pointing out that pharmacist studies continues to remain at diploma courses in India, he stressed on the need to be upgrade the course.
Maintaining that adverse drug reaction is among the fourth leading causes of death worldwide, he suggested that pharmacists should attend different sources including refresher and continuing education in order to enhance their knowledge on drugs.
Chaired by Drug Inspector Ethungbemo Ezung the programme commenced with invocation by Pastor Ekletos Baptist Church Kohima, Peter.
Marking the day, Continuing Pharmacy Education was also held with resource persons – Dziesevoto dwelling on Pharmacy Practice Regulation 2015 and Lutovi Pucho on the topic “Introduction to Pharmacovigilance programmes”. (Page News Service)