Bhubaneswar: The World Pharmacists Day was celebrated at the Institute of Medical Sciences and SUM Hospital, here on September 25.
Sunita Rani Patra, registrar-cum-secretary of the Odisha Pharmacy Council said, “India is known as the world’s pharmacy as 50 per cent of the drugs manufactured in the country are exported.”
“The Indian pharma industry is well known across the world and the Indian drugs are affordable and effective, she also said.
Prof (Dr) Sanghamitra Mishra, dean of IMS and SUM Hospital, Prof (Dr) Pusparaj Samantasinhar, medical superintendent and Prof (Dr) Rajesh Lenka, additional medical superintendent and operation head of the hospital also addressed the programme. Dr Jasmin Panda, head of the department of Pharmacy, conducted the proceedings.
The programme was attended by a large number of pharmacists employed in the hospital, and was also attended by Saswati Das, vice-president of SOA.
Das said pharmacists had been playing a crucial role in the healthcare eco-system and celebration of the World Pharmacists Day would definitely go a long way in bolstering their morale.
Prof (Dr) Sanghamitra Mishra, dean of IMS and SUM Hospital, describing healthcare as team work, said the pharmacists were a vital link in the whole system responsible for educating both medical personnel and people about drugs.
Prof (Dr) Samantasinhar also highlighted the importance of pharmacists in the healthcare system saying they have a great responsibility.
Prof (Dr) Lenka described pharmacists as the bridge between medical professionals and patients. “Pharmacists should be lifelong learners and keep track of developments in the industry,” he said.