PHARMACISTS in Zimbabwe should adopt the best international practices to offer good quality care to their patients and achieve better health outcomes, Vice-President Joice Mujuru said yesterday.
Report by Richard Muponde, Senior Reporter
In a speech read on her behalf by the Minister of State in her office, Sylvester Nguni, at the Pharmaceutical Society of Zimbabwe conference in Victoria Falls yesterday, the VP said there should be no compromise on standards.
“This is achievable. After all, we are Zimbabweans. As you aim to adopt best practices in your industry and to offer extended pharmacy services to your communities, you should seek to clarify your role as pharmacists and that of medical practitioners by recognising areas of convergence and divergence,” said Mujuru.
The workshop was held under the theme Winds of Change: Adopting Pharmaceutical Best Practices. She said pharmacists should find ways of dealing with non-communicable diseases, which were now a major health threat.
“The incidences of diabetes, cardiovascular conditions, respiratory conditions and cancer brings about many opportunities for the pharmacists to rediscover themselves and find relevance in the management of these conditions,” she said.
Mujuru on MDGs
Mujuru said the government had committed itself to meeting the targets set by the Millennium Development Goals and in that respect it noted the role of pharmacists in striving to achieve goals four, five and six on reducing child mortality , improving health and combating HIV/Aids, malaria and other diseases..