Seven (7) Pharmacists and Seventeen (17) Pharmacy Technicians were over the weekend sworn-in by the Master of Pharmacy, who doubles as Registrar of the Pharmacy Board of Sierra Leone, Wiltshire CN Johnson.
This is the highest number of graduates, (from that discipline) the Country has ever witnessed during the annual graduation ceremony held by the College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences-COMAHS-University of Sierra Leone, at its main Campus in Kossoh Town.
The ushering of more pharmacy professionals into the Pharmaceutical Sector in the Country, according to the words of the Master of Pharmacy and Registrar of the Pharmacy Board, would contribute invaluably to sanitizing the industry. “This is very much pertinent to the development of the pharmaceutical industry, as the Country is presently marred with quacks posing as pharmacist, partly because there are not too many qualified pharmacist in the Country” the Master averred.
During the swearing-in ceremony, the graduates were held to swear to keep and maintain the tenets of the Pharmacy Profession and to desist from any thing “deleterious” to the image of the profession. The Master of Pharmacy also charged them to treat patients in a manner befitting the level of professionalism imparted into them, during their long and vigorous years of study.
Principal and Deputy Vice Chancellor of COMAHS, Professor Ngevao referred to the graduates as “most professionals” as according him “they went through the crucibles of hard studies and extensive syllabus”.
The graduation of Pharmacy professionals, according to officials at the Pharmacy Board, would obviously complement the effort of the Board in dispensing quality health services to the citizenry of the Country.
It is expected that those pharmacies which do not have the service of a trained, qualified and professional Pharmacist or Pharmacy Technician as is provided for by the Pharmacy and Drugs Act 2001; would now be privy to one as a result of the hard work of the Pharmacy Board in Collaboration with the College of Medicine.
Prior to this period, there has been a loud cry from Pharmacy Owners to ensure that every outlet in the Country in manned by a professionals. This laudable development however would ensure that their concerns are addressed.
By Ophaniel Gooding