Friday, January 27, 2023

Pharmacists asked to render quality service


While highlighting the crucial role played by pharmacists in delivering quality health services, Nagaland Pharmacist Association (NPA) annual general conference also called for pharmacists to prioritise quality service and to focus on community pharmacists.
The NPA annual general conference cum Continuing Pharmacy Education (CPE) was held under the theme, “Tap the advancing pharmacy: The need of the hour” at Hotel Vivor Kohima, Wednesday.
Addressing pharmacists, Pharmacy Council of India (PCI), president, Dr Montu Kumar Patel said pharmacists were neglected in the past but their importance and role came to light during COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our services play a very major role in the distribution and dispensing of the medicines and it was realized by one and all during the COVID-19 period,” said Dr. Patel.
Recognising the importance of pharmacists, Dr. Patel said government of India under the leadership of Prime Minister, Narendra Modi was planning to introduce the Pharmacovigilance (PV) program in order to strengthen the pharmacists.
He also informed the pharmacists that PCI has made a proposal to the NITI Aayog for proper recognition of pharmacist’s service and for clinical pharmacists in all central and state government health care centres.
Expressing hope for a new era of clinical pharmacy in the country, Dr. Patel said PCI has sought permission for minimum prescription rights to the pharmacists. He said that 80% of the proposals have been accepted by the government while the final discussions were pending with the National Doctors’ Commission.
He then encouraged the pharmacists learn the latest development through continuing pharmacists education, and called upon the pharmacists to focus on community pharmacists by delivering quality service to patients. Dr. Patel also assured all support to the NPA towards uplifting the pharmacists of the State.
Additional drug controller, licensing and controlling authority, Nagaland W. H. Patton said pharmacist was a versatile and diverse profession, which has multidisciplinary and multifaceted opportunities for services. He encouraged pharmacists to provide professional services to the patients and educate them about the proper usage of medicines, appropriate diet so as to obtain maximum therapeutic values. Nagaland State Pharmacy Council (NSPC) president, Dziesevotuo Tseikha also spoke at the meeting which was chaired by deputy chief pharmacist, directorate of health & family welfare, Rokokieno Linyü. The presidential address was delivered by Libonthung R. Shitiri, special number was presented by NPA Mokokchung unit and vote of thanks by NPA general secretary Thungchio Y. Enny.

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