The 2014 Pharmacy Awareness Week (PAW) came to a close today (18/07/2014) at Thika Main Campus. Several students who excelled in the different sports that were part of the week-long events received trophies and certificates.
“This was great exposure,” said Penina Mweni, a first year Diploma student. “We visited the labs, interacted with other students and gained exposure.”
The event saw the participation of students from Jomo Kenyatta of Agriculture and Technology, and several secondary schools. Dr Edith Wakori, Dean, School of Pharmacy at MKU said the overall objective of the event was to see better health outcomes for our country. “A pharmacist is core when it comes to health. Your training here is preparing you to go out there and make a difference.”
Peter Mwaniki the president of Pharmaceutical Association of Kenya said pharmaceutical practitioners from MKU are highly trained. He said the PAW demystifies the pharmaceutical profession and challenged the students to live up to the ideals of the profession once they graduate.
The pioneer class of degree holders in pharmacy graduated last year. It had been a long journey since Thika Institute of Technology, the forerunner of MKU, was accredited by the Pharmacy and Poisons Board to offer Diploma courses in pharmaceutical technology in 2005. Since then, the university has put in place adequate physical and human resource infrastructure to establish itself as the byword for training in science courses. Recently, MKU was accredited by the Medical Practitioners and Dentist’s Board to train medical students. The first intake will be in September 2014.