Whether it’s supplements or antibiotics, most people head to the nearest pharmacy to get medicines in order to be healthy.
In a bid to raise awareness about the contribution of pharmacists in the country and the state, Perak’s Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society and the State Health Department’s Pharmaceutical Services Department organised the Perak World Pharmacist Day celebrations in Ipoh Parade last month.
The event was held to showcase the role of pharmacists and educate the public about medication, and matters related to prescriptions. More than 1,000 people attended the event on Sept 25, from 11am to 8pm.
The event was launched by Perak Health Department Director Datuk Dr Juita Ghazalie .
Dr Juita said pharmacists have an important role in the healthcare system of a country and can act in the interests of patients and the public in determining the remedies to be used rationally and effectively.
“There was an increase of 4.9% daily from 2015 to 2016 in the number of prescriptions dispensed in Perak’s government hospital pharmacies.
“Up to September this year, the state conducted checks on 1,061 premises dispensing medicine, both registered and unregistered and raided 77 premises; confiscating RM960,000 worth of unregistered products. Forty nigne cases were charged in court with fines of RM79,000,” she said to the guests at the event.
State Health Department Pharmaceutical Services Deputy Director Leong Weng Choy said the event was aimed at paying tribute to the role of pharmacists in public healthcare.
The event’s organising chairman R. Vanitha said this year’s theme was, “Pharmacists: Caring for you”. It was also selected to highlight the emotional connection pharmacists have with their patients.
Activities and exhibitions such as blood glucose and blood pressure examinations were held. A booth educating the public about the importance of asking for a prescription was also set up.
The State Health Department Pharmaceutical Services Department had two booths outlining their services, educating the public on counterfeit medication, and teaching people to know their medication.
There were also booths offering counselling and education services by pharmacists for diabetes, asthma and pain management.
Talks were also held throughout the day to educate the public about the importance of requesting for and receiving a complete prescription, proper use of medication, vaccination and dengue prevention.
There were also activities for children such as a children’s corner, a spelling and colouring contests contest related to medication and pharmacy.
One session that drew the interest of many people was the “Laughter Wellness” session, which illustrated the wisdom of the saying laughter is the best medicine.