Gulu University has launched a pharmacy programme aimed at enabling proper administration and prescription of drugs in the region.
So far, 29 medical personnel from Gulu Hospital, St Mary’s Hospital, Lacor and some hospitals in South Sudan have been enrolled for certificates in pharmacy under the Faculty of Medicine.
The university plans to introduce diploma and degree in pharmacy in August.
Ms Alice Lamwaka, a senior pharmacist at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital, who is also the coordinator of the programme, said recently: “Many patients have developed health complications including cardiac arrests and cancer of the liver, after being administered wrong medication. It is on this background that we want all health practitioners to be knowledgeable.”
Ms Lamwaka added that many unqualified people join the health sector to make quick money out of drug shops. Gulu Regional Referral Hospital has only two pharmacists while there are about 400 in the entire country.
The three month’s certificate course for the first lot was launched in collaboration with the Ecumenical Pharmaceutical Network in Germany and Netherlands.