On 13th to 14th May this year the Hospital Pharmacists Association of Kenya held their 13th symposium at the Crowne Plaza Hotel located in upper hill Nairobi. The theme of the year was Non communicable diseases; Opportunities in Pharmacy Practice.
After the opening remarks from Dr Tom Menge, the first presentation was done by Dr Joseph Murithi, who was described as a passionate speaker
on his topic on Medication therapy management. This was followed by presentations by Dr Bindi Tank and Dr Tabitha Gichuru then was followed by a series of questions to the presenters before a tea break.
Many stands were lined outside the conference hall promoting and selling a number of pharmaceutical products. Kenyatta University was also presented by Dr Titus Kahiga and Nyawara Sammerion who despite also having a presentation also promoted the pharm journal, a second issue produced by Kenyatta University Pharmacy Students Association(KUPhSA).
Many presentations followed thereafter and capped by an epic presentation by the keynote speaker Dr Joseph Mwangi Kibachio. Though a medical doctor, he highlighted the changing roles of pharmacists and how non-communicable diseases have become a disaster that was ignored for a long time.
After the lunch break , Dr Eunice, Loise and Susan Mutua made their research presentations to cap the day. A number of new products were presented by Novatis, and GSK apart from the stands outside the hall.
Day 2 was not much different, after a recap by Dr Nkatha Mutungi, The presentation session started by Dr Gerald Wara followed by Dr Claris who presented on medication adherence among type 2 diabetes mellitus patients. After many other abstract presentations by Dr Hillary Kagwa, Mary Kisungu, Irene Weru, Yaakub Sheikh, Lisper Wangeci ,Japheth Gatuiku , Salome Karuri, and Kenneth Irungu the closing ceremony was done by Dr Tom Menge.
It was a learning experience and a forum for Pharmacists to connect and view their career in changing lives. “We should all make the world better for our children.”
BY SAMMERION NYAWARA.