New Delhi: The School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences (SoPLS) at Centurion University, Bhubaneswar recently conducted an event to acknowledge the contributions of Pharmacists towards the society. The event held to commemorate the World Pharmacists Day, the office bearers, students and faculty members of the institution converged on the theme of ‘Pharmacists Strengthening the Health System’ to take an oath, clean the campus, and visit Mission ASHRA Trust, a shelter home for intellectually challenged and destitute women suffering from mental health conditions.
The occasion to celebrate pharmacists was presided over by CUTM Vice Chancellor Prof Supriya Pattanayak, in the presence of Director Bhubaneswar Campus Prof Jaganath Padhee, Pro Vice Chancellor Dr Biswajit Mishra, Director of SoPLS Dr PK Nandi and Dean SoPLS Dr Gurudutta Pattnaik. “It is a matter of great pride that students and faculty members of SoPLS raised funds to donate grocery items to the women in need at Mission ASHRA Trust. Fulfilling social responsibilities is intrinsic to the culture of CUTM and such actions constitute the ethos of our institution. I would like to convey my heartfelt gratitude to all pharmacists bolstering the healthcare ecosystem,” said Prof Supriya Pattanayak lauding the efforts of SoPLS.
The event was further graced by Prof Dr Namita Mohapatra, Vice Principal, PGIMER and Capital Hospital, Bhubaneswar, and Mr Laxmidhar Sahoo, Health Inspector AIIMS Bhubaneswar. The dignitaries addressed the gathering and shared their thoughts on the role of pharmacists in strengthening healthcare in India.
World Pharmacist Day is an annual event dedicated to recognizing and appreciating the significant role that pharmacists play in healthcare and the well-being of individuals and communities worldwide. The day was established by the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) in 2009 to highlight the contributions of pharmacists to healthcare and to raise awareness about the importance of the pharmacy profession. Each year, World Pharmacist Day has a specific theme to focus on particular aspects of the pharmacy profession and its impact on global health.
Pharmacists are vital members of the healthcare team, and they play various roles, including dispensing medications, counselling patients on proper medication use, monitoring drug therapies, and collaborating with other healthcare professionals to ensure safe and effective patient care. They also contribute to research, education, and advocacy efforts related to healthcare and the pharmaceutical industry.