The annual PSK (Pharmaceutical society of Kenya) scientific conference was this year yet again a convene of intellectuals pharmacists from all over Kenya whose main aim was the theme ; ‘’How Pharmacists Collectively make a difference.’’
The conference held at Travellers Hotel and Beach in the Coastal town of Mombasa commenced on 1st May to 4th June 2017. Arrivals were on 1ST May as colleagues caught up with friends and got to enjoy the cordial accommodation of each other.
DAY 1 (1st June).
After the official opening ceremony by the Coast branch PSK chairman Dr Yaakub Ahmed, an overview was done by Dr Evah Amwayi and opening remarks by Dr Paul Mwaniki ,the President. This was followed by a number of presentations from Dr Micha Anyona on prep, Dr Dorothy Amony and Dr Pearl Ngugi. Later ATOMO presented followed by Dr Juliet Konje on effects of print media coverage on pharma. In vitro applications was done by Dr Rogers Atebe and qualification of HIV commodities by Dr Anthony Kamau.
In the afternoon session various breakout discussions were held on emerging tech in Pharmacy, way forward with Green cross accreditation and rise in non-communicable diseases.
Various exhibition stands at the conference.
DAY 2.(2nd June).
A recap of day one was done by Mike Mungoa. This was followed by a PPB update then presentations by Strathmore business school that opened up new ideas in pharmacy practice. A presentation on fungi associated aflatoxins was done by Dr Lucia Keter, and Dr James Kimotho talked about Anti-bacterial efficacy and organoleptic properties of hand rubs.
The afternoon breakout session was a discussion on best practices on GMP, pharmacovigilance and HIV testing.
DAY 3(4th June).
Dr Catherine Wambua did a recap of the previous day. Management of child pneumonia with Amoxicillin DT 250mg was done by Suprakash Mandal then Dr Mercy Maina took us through adressing gaps in HIV care. Contraceptive use among women in KNH was done by Dr Nancy Gakii.
For the first time a student, Sammerion Nyawara from Kenyatta University accompanied by one Dr Titus Kahiga presented on AN INVESTIGATION OF THE LEVEL OF KNOWLEDGE OF PHARMACEUTICAL PERSONNEL ON ASTHMA MANAGEMENT IN KAHAWA AREAS.
Sammerion Nyawara doing a presentation.