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The chairman of the West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists Sierra Leone Chapter, Pharm. Wiltshire C. N. Johnson presented to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation six fellows who graduated as the first batch of graduates of the Sierra Leone Chapter of the West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists. The presentation took place on the 9th June 2017 at the Health Ministry’s Conference Hall, Youyi Building.


Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation II Zulainatu Cooper and Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Brima Kargbo

 

The Chairman of the occasion, Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Brima Kargbo highlighted the importance of such training to the medical sector stating that without pharmacists the medical sector would be incomplete. He added that the ministry will continue to support and encourage such training and courses to be held for pharmacists and other medical personnel.

Pharm. Wiltshire Johnson stated that the presentation of the WAPCP fellows marks a historical milestone in the history of WAPCP, the pharmacy profession and the development drive of the Ministry adding that WAPCP is a center of excellence that promotes the teaching, research and training in postgraduate pharmacy education. He disclosed that the college currently has five including Clinical Pharmacy, Community Pharmacy, Drug Production and Quality Assurance, Social and Administrative Pharmacy and Public Health Pharmacy. He noted that the college in the past 20years has trained over 550 specialist pharmacists across the West African region, who has contributed immensely to improving the development of healthcare delivery systems.

Pharm. Johnson reiterated that these fellows have acquired skills, attitude, and knowledge that will help promote further development of the healthcare sector and postgraduate pharmacy training in the country.  He called on the ministry to deploy these fellows across the medical sector in the country so that they will be used to improve healthcare delivery service and to undertake further research in the pharmaceutical sector.


The Chairman of the WAPCP Sierra Leone Chapter, Pharm. Wiltshire Johnson presenting

the new postgraduate fellows to the Minister of Health and Sanitation 

 

The Deputy Minister of Health and Sanitation II Zulianatu Cooker said the Ministry is humbled and delighted to receive the first batch of specialist pharmacists who recently graduated from the West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacist. She added that the role and contribution of pharmacists in the healthcare sector is changing dramatically and that the Ministry has been struggling to cope with such changes and challenges due to lack of specialist postgraduate training. She noted that pharmacists are now assuming key roles in health promotion, disease prevention and management of systems and resources associated with healthcare delivery. She concluded by lauding the efforts of the fellows who have gone through the five years rigorous and intense training and encouraged them to use their acquired knowledge to promote the healthcare delivery in the country.


R-L: Pharm. Onome Abiri, Pharm. Mohamed Mansaray, Pharm. Michael Lahai,

Pharm, Manal Ghazzawi, and Pharm. Brian Thompson the newly graduated

 postgraduate fellows of WAPCP

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