Manipal, Sept 27, 2022: A Panel Discussion on “How to Improve Medication Use among the Public?” was organized on the occasion of World Pharmacists’ Day (WPD) 2022 by Pharmacy Literacy Club (PLC), Centre for Public Health Pharmacy of Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, on Sept 24.
The program was held at Prof. P Gundu Rao Conference Hall, MCOPS.
Shankar Naik, Assistant Drug Controller, Udupi, Jose AJ, and Laxmikanth Nayak, Chief Pharmacists, Kasturba Hospital Manipal, Pradeep Kumar, Chief Pharmacist; Radha Medicals, Manipal, Dr. Mohammed Asif, Research Scientists, Kasturba Medical College, and Dr. Surulivel Rajan, Prof and Head, Dept. of Pharmacy Practice, MCOPS, Manipal were the eminent panels of the session.
The panel members expressed their views on medication use problems among the public and how to tackle the issue, antimicrobial resistance and antibiotic misuse, vaccine-related issues, and recent updates in essential drug lists.
Ananya Rudhra, PharmD (Intern) was the moderator of the event.
The panel discussion was followed by PLC’s first Anniversary celebration.
Dr. C. Mallikarjuna Rao, Principal of MCOPS, delivered the World Pharmacists Day message to the staff and students.
Lipin Lukose, President of PLC gave an overview of the plethora of activities carried out by PLC in one year. Prizes were distributed to the winner of quiz, debate, e-poster, and case presentation competitions held on Sept 22 and 23. Dr. Sonal Sekhar M, Coordinator of the Centre for Public Health Pharmacy, MCOPS delivered the vote of thanks.
On the WPD 2022, community outreach activities were conducted at Ambedkar Sabha Bhavana, Athrady Village, Udupi.
More than 25 villagers participated in health education by PLC volunteers.
In addition, physicians from the Department of Emergency Medicine, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal explained the first aid measures for snake bites, pesticide poisoning, epilepsy, stroke, etc.
Moreover, PLC student volunteers provided awareness on the benefits of refraining from alcohol and tobacco use, with skits and fun play, and distributed patient information leaflets among the community. The community program was a great success since all the villagers were actively involved.