Over one dozen pharmacists graduated today in Belmopan. Cayo Correspondent Pauline Soberanis-Tillett has the story.
16 young Belizeans are now fully licensed pharmacists as they graduated this afternoon with their Chemist and Druggist certificates. The graduation was held at the conference room at the Western Regional Hospital where Dr. Marvin Manzanero delivered the address. Beverly Coleman swore in the graduates as official pharmacists. Samira Williams Gongora, Acting Technical Advisor who was also the Mistress of Ceremonies told us about the process which these young minds became pharmaceutical experts.
Samira Williams Gongora, Acting Technical Advisor: “We had this sitting the first week of September and out of out of the twenty five people that sought this exam sixteen were successful and so we’re grateful for that because we’re hopeful that this cadre of professionals in pharmacy will fill the void that is out there and fill positions that are available in pharmacies that don’t have a registered pharmacist so that they can comply with the new legislation. It was a three discipline exam, it is composed of paper one a compounding exam and an oral exam and these candidates were successful in all three and so they were duly examined and can now register as pharmacists. Yes we would encourage everyone to be a part of this elite profession, it’s very rewarding. If you’re interested in taking care of your population it’s rewarding because you take care of the well being of everybody in Belize, you provide pharmaceutical care to everyone and so the reward comes when you see your patients getting well and being healthy again.”