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Six newly trained Specialist Pharmacists presented to MOHS PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kadrie Koroma   
Wednesday, 14 June 2017 09:17

The first set of six locally trained Specialist Pharmacists by the West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists (WAPCP) has been officially presented to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation on Friday June 9, 2017 at the Ministry’s conference hall, Youyi Building in Freetown.

 

Presenting the Specialist Pharmacists, the Chairman of the West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists (WAPCP) Sierra Leone Chapter, Mr. Wiltshire Johnson described the event as an historic milestone in the history of the West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists.

 

He said WAPCP is a specialized agency of the West African Health Organization (WAHO) and a centre of excellence that promotes the teaching, research and training in postgraduate pharmacy education for the development of pharmacy specialists to meet the challenges of the changing land scape of health care delivery.

Mr. Wiltshire Johnson informed the gathering that their programme was designed to train aspiring specialist pharmacists in various disciplines of pharmacy to be well equipped to practice as consultants on successful completion of the programme.

He disclosed that the programme duration is now a minimum of five years made up of a one year primary programme, two years specialization programme and two years of study and research in a sub-specialization programme, pointing out that there are currently five faculties of the college including faculties of Clinical Pharmacy, Community Pharmacy, Drug Production and Quality Assurance, Social and Administrative Pharmacy, and Public Health Pharmacy.

Mr. Johnson noted that over the past 20 years from 1997 to date, they have trained over 550 Specialist Pharmacists across the West African region as well as offering several diploma programmes including Clinical Pharmacy, Drug Production Management, Procurement and Logistics Management and Agricultural and Vetnary Pharmacy among others.

The WAPCP Chairman reiterated that these young professionals have acquired skills, attitudes and knowledge that will form the foundations of further development in health and postgraduate pharmacy training in Sierra Leone, and further strengthen the Ministry capacity to address the issue of health challenges facing the nation.

Receiving the Fellows, the Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation II, Madam Zuliatu Cooper said the pharmacy profession in Sierra Leone has a long and proud tradition, and pharmacists are playing different roles and are valued, trusted, and respected members of the health care delivery team.

She said since the inception in 1988 by the Ministries of Education and Health and Sanitation, the College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences, University of Sierra Leone has produced over 100 Pharmacists who have contributed tremendously to the improvement of the health sector in Sierra Leone.

Madam Cooper informed her audience that the role and contribution of Pharmacists in the overall context of the health care delivery is changing dramatically on a global level and as a Ministry, they have been struggling to keep pace with these recent trends due to lack of specialist postgraduate training opportunities for their pharmacists.

She reiterated that the Ministry of Health has sought to improve and advance standards for health care delivery in the country, stating that greater attention is being paid to the quality of health care practitioners including the quality of education and training and the continuing competence of practitioners.

The Deputy Minister stated that it was against this backdrop that the Ministry of Health in 2011 supported the establishment of a centre of excellence for the postgraduate training of specialist pharmacists in Sierra Leone by the West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists and congratulated the first batch of six Specialist Pharmacists on their successful completion of the four years programme.

The Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Brima Kargbo said in the mid-seventies, pharmacists in the West African Region realized the need for them to come together to harmonize and develop pharmacy education, laws and practice in order to improve the quality of health care and the life of the people of the region.

He said this led to the formation of the West African Pharmaceutical Federation (WAPF) in October 1976 in Monrovia, Liberia, adding that in 1991, the West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists (WAPCP) was established under the educational mandate of WAPF, and the College was officially inaugurated in Accra, Ghana in February 1991.

Dr. Kargbo congratulated the newly graduated Fellows of the West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists, and trusted them that the knowledge gained will be used to improve on the quality of health care and to promote and maintain a high standard of professional pharmacy practice for the benefit of the Sierra Leonean populace as a whole.

 

 

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