By Okoodi Deo
Mbarara University of science and Technology (MUST) has introduced a new masters program in clinical pharmacy the first of its kind in the country and in East African region as well.
The Master of Pharmacy in Clinical Pharmacy degree program will add value to roles played by pharmacists in order to progress from merely dispensing drugs and become an integral health giver.
Dr Patrick Ogwanga the head of Pharmacy department at MUST said the absence of pharmacists in hospitals had created a huge gap in who is responsible to the drugs patients take.
He also called for an increase in training of pharmacists so as match with the current population in the country.
Robert Tamukong the visiting Associate professor of clinical pharmacy and coordinator of post graduate training in the department of pharmacy at MUST said no single physician has ever known all the effects of medication which patients experience after having been enrolled on drugs adding that this is the gap that the program is trying to address.
During the launch of the program students were clad in their first white coats as a symbol of the trust being bestowed upon them to carry on the noble tradition of patient-cantered care.
Source: www.mknewslink.com a greater western Uganda news website