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Commonwealth Pharmacy Day
Celebrating diversity

"Celebrating Diversity" is the theme that has been established by the Commonwealth of Nations for 2002 to mark the Commonwealth Pharmacy Day which falls Sunday June 16 and for this occasion the Minister for Health, Mr Patrick Pillay, has extended his thanks and appreciation to all Seychellois pharmacists, dispensers, technicians and pharmacy assistants for their hard work and dedication.

In his message for this occasion, the minister says he feels that this theme can be justifiably adopted to describe the profession of Pharmacy in Seychelles, as it may be the world over.

The minister's message reads:

"On the occasion of Commonwealth Pharmacy Day, which is being marked in the Seychelles for the first time, I would like to extend my sincere thanks and appreciation to all Seychellois pharmacists, dispensers, technicians and pharmacy assistants for their hard work and dedication.

"Theirs is a role that is often overlooked, or perhaps, taken for granted.  There is the perception that all that is done in the pharmacy setting is "count pills" when that is the least of their duties.  The pharmaceutical dispenser, pharmacist and technician play a vital role in the health care chain.  Just as the system relies on doctors and nurses, so too, it does on the pharmaceutical team.

"It is the pharmaceutical team that ensures that the patient receives the correct medication, in the correct dose, and it is this team - through medication and disease counselling - that equips the patient with the information they need to use their medication for optimal benefit. It is the pharmaceutical team that is the final link in the health care chain.

"Finally, I would like to once again congratulate all pharmaceutical dispensers, technicians, assistants, pharmacists and the Seychelles Pharmaceutical Association on this day. Keep up the good work, in an ever changing, ever advancing profession where your job is never a routine, and where challenges are a part of every day. Well done, and keep up the good work!"

 

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