For many students, pursuing a course in pharmacy can be a daunting task. The six years it takes to go through the training at bachelors degree level is no mean assignment. It is for this reason that thoughts of career establishment often consume many students when most of them approach completion of their studies.
To give JKUAT students a head start, the School of Pharmacy on Friday September 28, organized an Open Day whereby students interacted with established industry players and academics. The forum was primed to help the learners understand current and emerging available opportunities for practice in the field of pharmacy.
Dr. James H. Kimotho, a lead pharmacist, researcher and author in the region, tipped the students on what it takes to make it in the practice.
“Access to and use of authoritative information about drugs is key to effective practice of pharmacy,” Dr. Kimotho said.
Kimotho who currently works as the head of Product Development at Kenya Medical Research Institute equally nudged the students to think beyond traditional avenues and engage their creative minds.
He revealed that there remains substantial work to be done in drug information in the country such as brands, distributors and prices; all of which he asked the students to consider.
Maurine Waweru, a final year pharmacy student thanked Dr. Kimotho for what she termed as an eye opener by highlighting ways of meaningfully engaging in the pharmacy field.
Maurine also noted that her training at JKUAT has been fulfilling because of the dedication of the faculty and mentorship over the period of study.
Another finalist, David Odhiambo said he would wish to pursue new avenues such as health advocacy; to empower people with information relating to both patient and government responsibility.
The Dean, School of Pharmacy, Dr. Alex Muriithi said the School was keen on pointing the students in the new areas such as research and healthcare economics.
Dr. Alex said traditionally, students would focus on career opportunities in pharmaceutical industries, hospitals and community pharmacists (chemists).
During the event which was also graced by a number of faculty members, Dr. Kimotho also made book donations to students and the School.