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QU College of Pharmacy marks World Pharmacists Day | Qatar University

QU College of Pharmacy marks World Pharmacists Day

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Qatar University’s (QU) College of Pharmacy (QU-CPH) in collaboration with Qatar Pharmacy Undergraduate Society (QPhUS) marked the 10th World Pharmacists Day with an online event attended by all faculty, and students and was screened on YouTube on 28th September.
The theme for this year’s event was ‘Transforming Global Health’, taking the opportunity to communicate how pharmacists are transforming health through a variety of health services in their communities.
World Pharmacists Day is an annual celebration recognizing the role of the pharmacist in contributing to and improving patient health.
Dr. Mohammad Diab, Associate Professor and Dean at QU-CPH opened the event with welcoming remarks ‘We are honored to be able to celebrate the annual occasion of the “World Pharmacists Day” here in CPH. The Pharmaceutical International Federation started celebrating this day in 2009 and since the start of the College we have been keen on sharing the celebration and that is to stress on the importance of Pharmacists as an integral part of the healthcare team as well as their crucial role in advancing healthcare. This aligns with our vision in advancing healthcare in Qatar and the world through excellence and innovation in pharmacy education, research and service.’
QPhUS President and Professional Year 4 pharmacy student, Hend Al-Naimi welcome the audience saying: “This year we’re celebrating World Pharmacists Day under the theme ‘Transforming Global Health’ which is timely with the COVID-19 pandemic that we all face. Pharmacists are one of the key health care professionals that helped during the pandemic as front liners. During this event QPhUS would like to take the opportunity to say thank you to all of the pharmacists around the world including our future pharmacists who are passionate and enthusiastic about the bright pharmacy future awaiting them.”
This was followed by a keynote speech delivered by Dr. Wesam Smidi, Assistant Executive Director of Clinical Services, Mental Health Hospital at Hamad Medical Cooperation. In his address Dr. Wesam commented that: ‘We want to congratulate and recognize our fellow pharmacists on their day, and appreciate all the hard work and dedication they put, day in and day out, to provide the safest and most effective care for our patients here in Qatar.’
Dr. Wesam discussed the evolving roles of the pharmacist in Qatar, as an integral part of the healthcare profession, during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. These roles include the home delivery service of medications, providing telephone patient counseling, and participation of pharmacists in continuously updating the guidelines and protocols to treat COVID-19. Dr Wesam also discussed the future roles for pharmacists that will support in managing the pandemic. Finally, a thank you video produced by QU-CPH pharmacy students honored all pharmacists and thanked them for their hard work.
The event concluded with announcing the winners of the video competition ‘Building Resilience in Pharmacy Students’. The winner was Professional year student Duha Akasheh. On winning, Duha commented: ‘I am very happy to participate and win a new and unique competition offered to us as students at the College of Pharmacy. For me, this competition represented a wonderful opportunity to reflect on my experience as a pharmacy student under the circumstance of COVID-19 pandemic and how to overcome different challenges facing us under the current situation. I would like to thank the college for giving us the opportunity to unleash our talents and creativity in various academic and non-academic activities’.