43 NATIONAL PHARMACY WEEK
Saturday, November 19, 2011 - 12:06
I have received quite a good response for my previous blog No. 42. I have many invitations and intimations from various pharmacy bodies including pharmacy colleges. Many have called me over phone expressing their good feel at my suggestion on Domestic drug management and have asked me to suggest some more activity. Well, here I put forth one more project which can be done by the teachers and senior students in pharmacy college and also by pharmacy bodies. Project: Medication management in residential schools and orphanages. Understanding the issue: Children in such homes also fall sick like elsewhere. The home will have a visiting doctor who would be visiting on call, examines the child and prescribes medicines. The attendant buys the medicines and gives it to the child to take or he may give one dose at a time. Many a times the medicines are not stored properly, dosage with respect to time may not have maintained, there will be no monitoring of health parameters of the child etc etc.. as the medication system is totally left to the child or to the lay attendant of the home. Project activity: Form a core group of senior teacher, a local medical practitioner (could be doctor who visits the home), a journalist and a social worker. Identify such homes. Appraise the management of your intention of helping the child with its prescribed medication. Collect the health profile of each child in the home. Monitor the health parameters of the sick child and help by personally administering the prescribed medicine. Voluntarily arrange and store the medicines of each child systematically with label so that the identity of the drug with the child is easy. Such service can be rendered even in old-age homes. Please revert if any support is needed from my end.