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IUM and the Pharmaceutical Society of Namibia Train Pharmacist Assistants

13/02/2018

Prof. Agnes Van Dyk, Dean of Faculty of Health Sciences (front row, fifth from the right) flanked by the first intake of the Certificate in Pharmacist Assistants programme

IUM in partnership with the Pharmaceutical Society of Namibia (PSN) recently launched the two-year Certificate in Pharmacist Assistants programme at Dorado Park Main Campus.

The programme is being offered by IUM in partnership with the Pharmaceutical Society of Namibia with effect from the academic year 2018. It is aimed at contributing to the optimal pharmaceutical care and services in Namibia and beyond.

The event was attended by the new students, lecturers and representatives from the IUM Faculty of Health Sciences, Pharmaceutical Society of Namibia, and the National Health Council of Namibia, amongst others.

At the launch, thirty-two (32) students were inducted into the programme. Speaking at the event, Prof. Kingo Mchombu, Acting Vice-Chancellor stated that the collaboration between the University and PSN was important as it strengthened further the Faculty of Health of Sciences. He called on other public and private institutions to collaborate in such fruitful partnerships with IUM in order to enhance the delivery of high quality education for their members. Prof. Mchombu also declared that that IUM was ready and open for similar collaborative ventures.

Mr. Uli Rittler, Vice President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Namibia (PSN) expressed his gratitude to IUM for the partnership and delight to finally witness the implementation of the programme.

Prospective students must be employed in credible pharmacies for a minimum of three (3) years to enable them to carry out their practicals under the effective supervision of qualified pharmacists.