Pharmacy Students at Makerere University Medical School were last weekend taken through a career guidance session and equipped with important principles that should lead them to success.
The training was conducted by the Joint Medical Stores (JMS) with the aim of introducing the students to the reality in the outside world where they are heading after campus.
Moses Kiruyi, a capacity building officer at JMS and an Alumini cautioned the students of the stiff competition they will be facing in the field, and therefore urged them to be keen to learn and to upgrade their education.
“Before upgrading ensure that you practice first and determine your area of interest to avoid taking up courses which you may end up not practicing,” he stressed.
On this he asked them not to get discouraged by other students who do short courses and get employed while they themselves are still in school, because once out they are likely to earn more.
“Work together with all the stakeholders in the field, accept advise from those in practices because they have more experience you who has left school. Be humble before you’re humbled.”
The deputy chairman for Department of Pharmacy at Makerere University Dr Pakoyo Kamba appreciated this initiative of engaging the upcoming medical practitioners, which he said would bridge the gap between the future employers and employees
He pointed out that while the number of Pharmacists in the country has increased, there is still need for more practitioners in this field to bridge the current gap in the country’s health sector.
“The World Health Organization standard ratio is that 1 Pharmacist to 1000 people, but currently the ratio in the country standards at 1 pharmacist to 25000 people,” he noted.