Today, World Pharmacists Day is being celebrated around the globe under the theme Transforming Global Health. In Belize Pharmacists across the country will be given a token of appreciation for their years of service. According to Samira Gongora, the Acting Pharmacy Technical Advisor for the Ministry of Health, they must thank the Pharmacies in the country for their exceptional work especially during a pandemic. She also spoke about the importance of pharmacists in a society and in a pandemic.
According to Gongora the World Pharmacists Day is an opportunity to communicate how pharmacists are transforming health through a variety of health services in their communities. This includes advising on healthy living, vaccinating to prevent disease, and ensuring that medicines are taken correctly. While today is Pharmacy Day, there are other days observed under the health sector. These include Suicide Awareness Day, Wellness Week as well as Mental Health month. The Director of Health Services Dr Marvin Manzanero explained to Love News that while the central issue is Covid-19, even without the coronavirus the public tends to ignore the importance of awareness in other health areas.
Dr.Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services: I know our Facebook page for example Office of the Director of Health Services people routinely turn to now for COVID-19 data but it has much more than that. Unfortunately when we talk about nutrition there you get 3% of response versus when you compare it to when you provide a daily update but if you also go back to what we were doing before and immerse in between the COVID-19 situations we have many other things that we are concerned about. Tomorrow is Pharmacy Day for example I don’t know how much people will pick that up on a Friday. Last week Friday we had World Patient Safety Day, next week Monday we have a symposium on wellness and nutrition, we have wellness week all of next week and World Mental Health Day coming up in the first ten days of October. There’s so many other topics in health so once we stop talking about COVID-1 9 we have to go back and do all the other health activities that happened it’s not the only thing we talk about so it’s trying to keep abreast of all the information has not been an easy situation.”