Labasa hospital observes world Pharmacists Day.
The health staff at Labasa hospital celebrated the World Pharmacists Day at the Labasa Hospital last week.
This special day, now in its fifth year, was established by the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP), and the global federation of national associations of pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists, which is in official relations with the World Health Organization.
The purpose of World Pharmacists Day is to encourage activities that promote and advocate for the role of the pharmacist in improving health in every corner of the world.
This year’s theme developed by FIP, is “Pharmacists: your partners in health”.
The Medical Superintendent of the Labasa hospital Dr Mikaele Mua has encouraged the public to make use of the pharmacy to be better informed.
“I want to encourage customers to make use of pharmacies when visiting the hospital to further enhance their knowledge on medicines and treatment”, Dr Mua Said.
Dr Mua added that the health facilities are committed to ensuring appropriate use of medicines which is safe and effective to all the people that they serve.
No shortage of syringes and needles
The Ministry of Health and Medical Services advises the public that there is currently no shortage of needles and syringes at Makoi or any other health centres in Suva.
There are sufficient syringes and needles for nurses to provide injections of vaccine and antibiotics.
Diabetic patients treated with insulin are trained to use syringes and needles for this purpose.
Pharmacists dispense insulin free of charge to patients based on a prescription by the doctor but do not necessarily dispense syringes and needles.
Furthermore, needles and syringes are commonly used by trained Nursing staff to provide medication.
Children who are insulin dependent or young diabetic patients are provided with syringes and needles for their parents to administer medication until adulthood, after some training by doctors/nurses on their proper use and disposal. Similarly at the Nuffield clinic, according to pharmacists and the medical officer in charge, there is no lack of dressings at the health centre.
Therefore the nurses do not need to ask the patients to bring their own dressings to the clinic although they may ask for the patient to return for further review and dressing as per their doctor’s prescribed order.
Patients often request for a plaster or dressing from the nurses to take home to do their own dressing, but their request may be refused largely because the wound should be reviewed at the health centre to ensure it is healing well.
The Fiji Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MOHMS) in collaboration with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) held the first meeting of “Joint Coordinating Committee (JCC)” for “The Project for Prevention and Control of NCDs on 24 September, 2015 at the MOHMS Headquarters.
The aim of the JCC is to discuss the overall perspectives of the project activities during the project period.
The meeting was chaired by the Acting Permanent Secretary for Health, Dr. Meciusela Tuicakau and attended by core project members from the MOHMS and JICA, and various stakeholders who work in the sector for NCD prevention/control and Wellness, such as DFAT, WHO, FNU, SPC and C-POND.
This project is a five-year technical cooperation launched in May 2015, targeting personnel engaged in NCD prevention and control at facilities under the MOHMS, such as divisional offices, sub-divisional offices, health centres and nursing stations in the Central Division.
The project’s purpose is to strengthen evidence-based NCD prevention and control in the Central Division.