The School of Pharmacy in the College of Health Sciences (COHES) has received a consignment of 300 copies of the drug index book from Dr. James Kimotho of the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI).
The books will be crucial in providing valuable information to staff and students on the drugs available in Kenya, their prices, side effects, doses, mode of action and warnings.
According to Dr. Kimotho, who is also the author of the book, the publication aims to provide a solution to the miscommunication between Pharmacists and Doctors in dispensing available drugs in the country to their patients.
“The book which has been recommended by the Pharmacy and Poisons Board (PPB) will be useful to the practitioners in ensuring they get up to date information on drug matters,” Dr. Kimotho, who heads the Innovation and Technology Transfer Division (ITTD) at KEMRI said.
He revealed that the publication will set the trend and pattern for presenting drug information in the health sector, and will also ensure a smooth transition of students into the job market.
The JKUAT Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs), Prof. Robert Kinyua appreciated the author’s generous gesture noting the University Management is happy and ready to be associated with institutions and individuals whose efforts are geared towards supporting the University achieve its goals.
“As a University we pride ourselves in producing high quality students for the job market. This book will be essentially important in ensuring we meet our main objectives,” Prof. Kinyua stated.
With most books being internationally sourced, Prof. Kinyua was delighted that more local authors are coming up to fill the void, emphasizing the importance of publications which bear a local touch in using language and terms which are easily understood and applied by students.
On his part, Dean School of Pharmacy, Dr. Kigundu appreciated the book donation saying the books will equip students and staff with invaluable information on emerging market trends especially in the pharmaceutical sector.
“The publication will be crucial in setting apart our students from their peers in matters of drug handling and dispensation thus raising our students’ and staff standards for the benefit of the country’s healthcare sector as a whole,” Dr. Mureithi noted.
Present during the meeting included Head of Pharmacology and Pharmacognosy Department , Dr Linus Wafula, Head of Pharmaceutical Chemistry Department, Dr. Boniface Thuo, Dr. Isaac Kimani and University Librarian, Dr. Rose Mangira.