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The Role of Pharmacists in Primary Healthcare

The ongoing 3rd annual Youth Voices Summit, hosted by Ryculture Ltd., stands as a pivotal platform nurturing discussions on “Nurturing Young Healthcare Professionals” and their integral role in accomplishing Sustainable Development Goal 3: Good Health & Wellbeing for All.

As a keynote speaker and participant in the plenary session on “Unlocking Youth Potential in Primary Healthcare Systems Strengthening,” alongside esteemed senior colleagues Dr Joy Karamana Mugambi and Dr Anne Mercy Adera, Day 1 of the event has shed light on the amplified role of pharmacists in primary healthcare.

Primary Prevention: Beyond Dispensing Medications

Moving beyond their traditional role as medication dispensers, pharmacists now actively contribute to primary prevention. Offering comprehensive Medication Therapy Management (MTM) services, they engage communities in proactive health management, providing insights into lifestyle modifications, nutritional guidance, and health promotion.

This proactive approach equips individuals to prevent the onset of diseases, aligning with the fundamental tenets of primary healthcare.

Secondary Prevention: A Collaborative Endeavor

During my keynote speech, I emphasized the collaborative synergy between youth and pharmacists in secondary prevention. Pharmacists play a key role in health screenings, early disease detection, and intervention strategies.

Dr. Anne Mercy Adera’s insights on integrating digital health solutions further amplify the impact of these initiatives, leveraging technology for enhanced health outcomes.

Tertiary Prevention: Managing Chronic Conditions Holistically

In addition to prevention, pharmacists significantly contribute to tertiary prevention, particularly in managing chronic conditions. Through personalized MTM services, they ensure medication adherence, monitor chronic illnesses and provide continuous support to patients.

This holistic approach not only improves the quality of life for individuals dealing with chronic conditions but also alleviates the burden on the broader healthcare system.

Vaccination and Family Planning: Pillars of Community Health

I also acknowledged the pivotal role of pharmacists in vaccination and family planning services. Accessible healthcare providers and pharmacists contribute significantly to community health by administering vaccines and safeguarding communities from preventable diseases.

Their involvement in family planning services aligns seamlessly with the broader goals of primary healthcare, promoting reproductive health and family well-being.

A Dynamic Force for Good Health

The session on primary healthcare showcased the transformative potential of young pharmacists collaborating with other healthcare professionals to strengthen primary healthcare systems.

As we chart the course towards achieving Good Health and Wellbeing for All, the collaborative efforts of healthcare professionals, especially the vibrant youth, stand as the driving force behind realizing this shared vision.

Dr. Libeya Bethwel

Pharmacist I Healthcare Advocate

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