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Minister Talks Development with Pharmacies

Pharmacies in the central region of Mahe were visited by the Health Minister on Friday 4th October 2019.

Minister Adam was accompanied by special adviser, Dr Loren Reginald and the Director Regulatory and Registration Unit at the Public Health Authority, Ms Geralda Didon.

The aim of the visit was to discuss with pharmacy owners about their daily operations. They also addressed several areas for development. Including, intensifying training to facilitate the development of pharmaceutical services.

This includes the prioritisation of pharmacy courses for further studies amongst students choosing a career path. Pharmacy is the science and technique of preparing, dispensing, and reviewing drugs as well as providing additional clinical services. It is an important component of healthcare. It requires skilled and trained staff to guarantee the safety of patients.

The introduction of other products were also discussed, such as HIV self-testing kits for personal use. It is expected that having self-testing kits available to the public will increase the number of individuals who know their status and seek treatment at the Communicable Diseases Control Unit at Mont Fleuri.

These suggestions were welcomed by the pharmacists who also imparted additional recommendations while pointing out some of the challenges they face. However, they were quick to note, the wonderful relationships that they have with their patients and clients and how they would be delighted to offer more.

Pharmacy owners were also reminded of the regulations and guidelines of their license for effective and secure operation. This includes the presence of a licensed pharmacist during opening hours. It is essential to ensure that the right medication is given to patients.

Additionally, they were reminded to not dispense antibiotics without the right prescription, as the world battles antibiotic resistance. Antibiotic resistance is an urgent threat to public health. It can cause illnesses that were once easily treatable with antibiotics to become untreatable.

In line with enforcing regulations and standards, Minister Adam shared that a new monitoring system will be implemented. The new system will facilitate continuous monitoring of pharmacies across the country. This will ensure that the best service is provided to patients while assuring their wellbeing.

Pharmacies visited include Eden Pharmacy at Eden Plaza, D’offay Pharmacy at Hyper Market, Escape Pharmacy at Escape building, OYA Pharmacy at Majoie, and Georgette’s Pharmacy at Anse Etoile.