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2021 World Pharmacists Day: Garki Hospital begins deworming of 1,000 persons



2021 World Pharmacists Day: Garki Hospital begins deworming of 1,000 persons

By Katurak Yashim

Garki Hospital in Abuja has started deworming as many as 1,000 people in the FCT as part of activities to mark World Pharmacists Day 2021.

The exercise, which began on September 27, is part of a free medical awareness week for patients and is being led by the hospital’s pharmacy department.

Rachel Ameh, head of the pharmacy department at Garki hospital, said the week-long exercise will also include the distribution of free malaria medicine and free hepatitis tests.

Ameh said the hospital will also hold health talks about the proper storage and use of drugs. World Pharmacists Day is celebrated every year on September 25.

The theme for the 2021 celebration is “Pharmacy: Always Trusted for Your Health”.

“As part of the activities marking the day, we worked with pharmaceutical companies to set up a deworming exercise for at least 1,000 people.

“It’s a privilege to be alive today despite so much that is happening, including the pandemic.

“It’s a day that deserves to be celebrated; world pharmacists day is worth celebrating, so we decided to make an impact on people’s lives.

“In our own way, we want to help improve people’s health.

“We looked for a way to touch people’s lives and we found that working with pharmaceutical companies to deworm community members and in doing so improve the health of the population.

“We have free tests for hepatitis B and if the patient is certified negative, you can get the vaccine,” Ameh said.

She said the goal of World Pharmacists Day is to bring attention to pharmacies, pharmacists and the positive health care benefits they offer.

Ameh said it was also time for pharmacists working in hospitals to reflect on the growing scope of practice and the essential roles played by pharmacists around the world.

She called on pharmacists to better defend the quality and safety of drug distribution in order to improve the quality of life of patients.

“The pharmacist is always the first contact for patients; in the team of healthcare professionals, the pharmacist is also the one who listens the most to the patient.

“I call on all pharmacists to better assume their role as health professionals. We should always try to check the quality of drugs and get them from the right source.

“We must also always keep abreast of best practices as professionals to have a positive impact on patients,” said Ameh.

Ms. Perpetua Fufenwa, a government official and beneficiary of the free outreach, said she benefited from the free deworming exercise and hepatitis test.

Fufenwa expressed his joy at the opportunity offered by the hospital to seek treatment.

“I am a civil servant, my brother is in the hospital, so I saw the poster and I came. I saw the deworming and the hepatitis test I did.

“I asked and they told me it was free, I was given the tablets for free. The pharmacists were nice to me and my test was negative, so they gave me advice on what to do next.

“They advised me to go get the hepatitis vaccine, which I will do for now. I thank the organizers and wish them good luck in their efforts, ”said Fufenwa.

Mr. Mathias Ali, security guard at Garki hospital and beneficiary of the medical intervention, also expressed his appreciation for the gesture and urged the hospital to step up the exercise to allow more people in benefit.

“I came to get the medicines for the deworming, I am happy to have the free treatment. I urge the organizers to continue raising awareness so that more people can benefit, just like me, ”Ali said.

Awareness is organized by Garki Hospital in collaboration with pharmaceutical companies such as Emzor, Healthline, Medline, Topgrade, Shallina, Getz, Sanofi and Fidson.

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