Two final year students pursuing Bachelor of Pharmacy degree at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) were selected by Pharmaceutical Society of Kenya (PSK) to present their outstanding final year projects during the 40th Annual PSK Scientific Conference that was held virtually, October 13 – 16, 2020.
Joy Mchungaji shared the findings of her study on the evaluation of pain management among patients who have undergone surgical operation at the Thika Level 5 hospital, while Veronica Njambi’s presentation focused on the need to make blood transfusion process safer among patients at the same hospital.
Ms. Mchungaji was thrilled to interact with other pharmaceutical professionals and practitioners at the conference. She said, networking with other professionals will improve her knowledge of the job market.
“I also got to hear from colleagues who are ahead professionally and shared insights on the areas to tap into in order to keep abreast with developments in the pharmaceutical sector as well as navigating the current global job market,” said Ms. Mchungaji.
Ms. Mchungaji added that she aspires to venture more into clinical research that will impact decisions and transform the general patient care in regard to management of various clinical conditions.
Ms. Njambi expressed her desire to continue delving in research, acknowledging that the conference was a platform for sharing ideas and solving problems.
“Participating in the PSK conference was a great milestone for me. It gave me a lot of exposure and confidence in presenting research findings. I am also more motivated to do further research as a pharmacist with the aim of improving healthcare through identifying challenges and finding solutions, but my ultimate goal is to do further research on our healthcare systems,” said. Ms. Njambi.
While congratulating the students for making presentations in a premier conference, Dr. Godfrey Mayoka, who is their academic supervisor urged other students to emulate their hard work and remain proactive in research.
The conference brought together pharmacists drawn from academia, research, entrepreneurship, hospitals and the industry.