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News : Malaysia needs 18,000 Pharmacists by 2020

 

UniKL Royal College of Medicine Perak successfully organized an International Conference on Pharmaceutical Science with the theme ‘Advances in Pharmaceutical Sciences: Emerging Challenges in Practice' from 18th March to 20th March 2016. The conference attracted more than 100 participants from ten different countries around the world.


Group photo with the participants

Held at Casuarina Hotel, Ipoh, Perak, the three-day International Conference organized by the Faculty of Pharmacy and Health Sciences UniKL RCMP, gave opportunities to experts from the health industry, academia, government and the public sector representatives to discuss ideas, share knowledge and learn about the latest inventions and current researches that will benefit the Pharmaceutical industry.


The conference brought together experts from countries such as Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Poland, Indonesia, Philippines, Japan, Thailand, Iraq, Italy, India and Malaysia. Meanwhile 23 poster presentations were also held at the conference hall.


Participants group photo with YB Dato' Dr Muhammad Amin Zakaria, Chairman of Education, Science, Environment and Green Technology State of Perak

Hisshamuddin Omar, CEO and Head of Campus of UniKL RCMP, expressed his hope that this conference would provide an opportunity to exchange views with distinguished speakers in the field of pharmacy. "I believe that this conference will update participants on the latest developments in pharmacy and will give a significant impact to the participants to further motivate them to ensure better treatment and recovery for their patients."

 

Datuk Eisah A. Rahman, Senior Director of Pharmaceutical Science, Ministry of Health, addressed the Issue of shortage of Pharmacists in Malaysia. At present Malaysia has 13,500 registered pharmacists equivalent to a ratio of 1: 2500. Every year Malaysia produced 1200 to 1500 pharmacists locally as well as from overseas but the country still needs 18, 000 pharmacists by 2020.

 


Datuk Eisah A. Rahman, Senior Director of Pharmaceutical Science, Ministry of Health (right), Associate Professor  Ruhaiyem Yahya, Deputy  Dean, Faculty of Pharmacy and Health Sciences UniKL RCMP (second right) Datuk Dr Adham Baba, Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of UniKL (second left) Hisshamuddin Omar, CEO and Head of Campus of UniKL RCMP (from left)


According to Datuk Eisah, pharmacy graduates are unable to secure placement for their internship as there are insufficient places in our hospitals. This is a major problem faced by all pharmacy graduates. The Ministry of Health was also aware of the problem where private hospitals employed untrained staff to dispense medicine. "They do not have the experience and skills and they are bound to make mistakes during the dispensing of medicine."

Datuk Dr Adham Baba, Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of UniKL expressed his hope that the conference would be the best medium to discuss the challenges in the pharmacy sector and to produce solutions to all the issues concerned in line with the implementation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).


Hidehiro Uekusa, Department of Chemistry and Materials Science, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan


Prof Dr Mohd Syafiq Abdullah, Dean, Faculty of Pharmacy and Health Sciences UniKL RCMP said pharmacists are licensed to dispense drugs, provide drug information and are experts in handling medication. "Pharmacists are no longer just suppliers of medicines and concocters of medicinal products but are also involved in providing health care whether in the hospital, the community pharmacy, laboratory, industry or in academic institutions. The changing role of pharmacists in monitoring medication usage is in fact subsumed under the term Pharmaceutical care".

Other notable speakers at the conference were Prof. Dr. Anima Nanda, Dean, Faculty of Bio & Chemical Engineering, Sathyabama University, Chennai, India; Prof. Dr. Aranya Manosroi, Faculty of Science and Technology, North-Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand;  Hidehiro Uekusa, Department of Chemistry and Materials Science, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Tokyo, Japan; Syed Mohd Syahmi bin Syed Mohmad Faudzi, International Islamic University Malaysia; Hamiza Aziz, Universiti Kebangsaaan Malaysia; Dr. Shah Mohammed Ashraf, Advanced Nano-Materials Laboratory, Department of Physics, National Institute of Technology, Srinagar, India.

YB Dato' Dr Muhammad Amin Zakaria, Chairman of Education, Science, Environment and Green Technology State of Perak with participants from Saudi Arabia


The closing ceremony was graced by Associate Professor, Ruhaiyem Yahya, Deputy Dean, Faculty of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

 

Reported by;
Zahaimi binti Abdullah Sani
UniKL RCMP


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