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Durban to host national pharma conference

DURBAN is to play host to the Second National Pharmacy Conference later this year, bringing some of the country’s most influential medical practitioners under one roof.

Amos Masango, CEO of the South African Pharmaceutical Council, a statutory body, told a select group of pharmacists at the Durban Chamber of Commerce on Thursday that the event is expected to draw 1300 delegates from across the country and the continent.

“The aim of the council and the conference is to mould the pharmaceutical profession into a shared vision to contribute to a stronger South African health system,”said Masango.

He said the council was actively transforming to reach this goal by 2030. It purposely coincides with the national government deadline which had said by that year it must have reached significant milestones in the National Development Plan, a policy document widely accepted across the country as a blueprint for South Africa’s economic and social growth.

Masango, who spent the day in Durban canvassing for sponsorship for the event to be held 21-24 October at the Durban International Conference Centre, said several speakers, both locally and internationally, will take part.

“They will discuss hot topics in the industry such as the National Health Insurance and how it will develop in the country,” said Masango.

Other topics would include the changing profile of pharmaceutical students, challenges pharmacists face in the private and public sector, ethical issues surrounding e-prescribing, drug shortages, and accountability.

The first conference was held in 2013 at the North West province holiday resort, Sun City.

– African News Agency (ANA)

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