The 7th NPC General Assembly was held at Olympic Hotel on August 10, 2018. It brought together registered pharmacists and pharmacy technicians under the theme: From education to practice-Transforming the pharmaceutical workforce.
The 7th NPC General Assembly was officially opened by Dr Raymond MUGANGA the chairperson of the National Pharmacy Council who reminded that the pharmacy profession requires more than capacity and talent and that a compassionate and willful heart must be put at the fore front of what is expected of pharmacists.
He asserted that the scope of pharmacy is expanding in Rwanda and highlighted challenges and innovations accompanying the expansion of the profession. The chairperson recommended participants to not be left behind by technology since it is of a big help in delivering a good service to the patients.
He called everyone to embrace change and appreciated organizations and institutions that are supporting the good cause of pharmacists in Rwanda.
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Phn Patrick NGANJI the executive secretary of the National Pharmacy Council shared the achievements of the Council meanly the review of the administrative& financial manual and highlighted structural modifications in the organization of the council. He concluded by displaying the National Pharmacy Council projects.
A panel discussion with the theme: From education to practice-Transforming the pharmaceutical workforce was organized to discuss hindrances in the pharmacy education and how they can be addressed in line with the envisioned pharmacist scope of practice.
Moderated by Phn.Geoffrey Beingana along panelists Dr Innocent HAHIRWA, Dr MUGANGA Raymond, Phn.Albert BUSUMBIGABO, Phn.SHEMA Fabrice and Phn.Janvier KABOGO, the discussion focused on the following points:
- The current state of pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences education in Rwanda focusing on the internship program;
- The envisioned education and training based on current and future needs for the discovery, development, distribution, and responsible use of medicines;
- The current scope of practice of pharmacist and the readiness of the health care system for its expansion.
- Strategies on how to address barriers to changing the current state of and to ensure the implementation of the conference recommendations.
The panelists along participants recommended that:
- Standards and guidelines should be set for institutions hosting students as interns
- Laws and regulations specific to medicines supply chain should be established
- Pharmacists should long for a continuous way of learning because the more you know, the more you sell.
- A mentorship program among pharmacy professionals should be initiated in the near future
- For the next meetings, posters are needed to show what is being done by pharmacists, and the researches they are working on.
The Pharmacy council Board and the Bureau of the Board election to fill in the vacant positions were held in the afternoon.
With the help of eleven volunteers, elections were conducted in transparence.
- HAHIRWA Innocent was elected as a member of the advisory committee.
- MUHIRE Innocent was elected as a member of the education, research and CPD comitee.
- Phn BIRAMAHIRE Francois was elected to represent the South.
- PhnTUYIZERe Jean Christian was elected to represent the north.
- Phn NZABUMUNYURWA Thadée was elected to represent the East.
- UWINEZA Ines was elected to represent Kigali.
The chairperson closed the meeting by congratulating the new elects and awarding enterprises and institutions which have been supportive to the 7th general assembly.