hosp.jpgGovernment says the one year compulsory service for newly qualified pharmacists trained at state institutions that was introduced three years ago has started bearing fruit as practicing pharmacists in the country are now maintaining reputable professional standards.  


In a speech read on his behalf at the official opening ceremony of the New Pharmacists Council of Zimbabwe offices in Harare, Minister of Health and Child Welfare Dr Henry Madzorera noted that before the introduction of the compulsory service for pharmacists, the state was investing a lot of resources in training yet the number of pharmacists in state run institutions was declining.

Practicing pharmacists are also now required to provide evidence of continued professional development before their practicing certificates are renewed. Outgoing chairperson of the Pharmacists Council of Zimbabwe, Ms Gugu Mahlangu urged pharmacists practicing in the country to undergo further training and keep abreast with new trends.

The pharmacists council is working on the harmonisation of the two pharmacy technician training programs, one run by the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare and the other run by Harare Polytechnic.

The council is responsible for the maintenance of registers for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, optometrists, dispensing opticians and hearing aid specialists.