Medical students across the country yesterday joined the World to celebrate World Pharmacists Day.
The day-themed “Pharmacy: Always trusted for your health” was marked to celebrate and recognize the role of pharmacists.
Geoffrey Beingana, the former president of Rwanda Pharmaceutical Students Association said the battle to achieve universal health coverage has distinguished pharmacists as the most accessible providers.
Niyonkuru Cyuzuzo, a student said celebrating World Pharmacists Day reminds the world about the contribution of pharmacists in healthcare.
“Many people think that pharmacists are there only for selling drugs, but in reality, they play a big role in drug design as well as working with doctors during treatment as they are the ones who know much about drugs,” he said.
Jeannette Uwikunda, a second-year pharmacy student at UR, Huye Campus believes that the day is special to her because it gives her the courage to pursue her career.
"I want to become a good and important pharmacist. It is, therefore, a day that makes the pharmacists, in general, love their career and think about the service they render to the society."
Joselyne Kayitesi thinks that the day is all about promoting and advocating for the role of pharmacists in improving people's health “As a future pharmacist, celebration of pharmacy day encourages me to work hard so as to become a professional pharmacist in future,” she said.
About the World Pharmacist day
In 2009, World Pharmacists Day was introduced by the International Pharmaceutical Federation Council in Turkey's Istanbul city. The date, 25 September, was selected as World Pharmacists Day because, in the year 1912, the International Pharmaceutical Federation was originally established on this day.