Duke College of Health Technology, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has received a nod from the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria(PCN) to commence the training of Pharmacy technicians, having been given accreditation.
The provost of the institution’, Dr Austine Ighorodje, made this known recently after the accreditation exercise. He expressed thanks to God who made the dream come true and showed gratitude to the PCN for assisting in the rigorous process of the accreditation procedures.
Speaking to news correspondents, he mentioned that the realisation of the gap in the workforce in the pharmaceutical industry and his quest to establish the college after carefully studying the pharmaceutical landscape and found the need to provide a system that will meet this need.
According to him, the college commencing training of Pharmacy technicians will fill the gap created by few government owned institutions that have not been able to produce enough skilled workforce to meet the responsibilities required for the provision of pharmaceutical care in the sector.
He reiterated the need for pharmacists to recognise the potentials of Pharmacy technicians in rendering assistance in challenging areas in the profession, which will enable pharmacists to be fully involved in the required pharmaceutical care in the patient-oriented practice.
Moreover the college has embarked on admission drive to recruit students for effective take off of the academic session in the coming year.