Representatives from the Pharmacy and Poisons Board (PPB) visited the Technical University of Mombasa (TUM) on Thursday June 27, 2024, to conduct a routine re-inspection of the Diploma in Pharmaceutical Technology Programme. The visit aimed to assess the quality of the academic programme offered at TUM and to identify any areas that may require improvement.

This exercise is crucial in ensuring that the University pharmacy facilities and practices comply with regulatory standards and guidelines set forth by the board. Additionally, the inspection sought to identify any potential risks or violations that could compromise the safety and well-being of the University community.

In his remarks, the Pharmacy and Poisons Board team leader Dr Titus Suge disclosed that the primary purpose of the re-inspection exercise was to evaluate the University's Pharmacy laboratories, equipment, academic staff, and various pharmaceutical procedures to ensure they meet the required standards.

After the exercise, Dr Suge lauded TUM for adequate pharmacy equipment, qualified personnel and well-equipped laboratories. However, he urged the management to invest more in Pharmacy books in the library. He noted that there are more opportunities in the field of pharmacy that the University can explore.

"Establish a Bachelor's Degree and a Master's Degree in Pharmacy. These are low-hanging fruits in this region. "Dr Suge advised.

Vice Chancellor Prof Laila Abubakar reiterated that TUM is committed to providing quality education to all students. She emphasized that TUM will work closely with the Pharmacy and Poisonous Board to sensitize students pursuing the programme.

The Pharmacy and Poisons Board, established under the Pharmacy and Poisons Act, chapter 244 of the Laws of Kenya, serves as the drug regulatory authority. This board oversees the pharmacy practice, as well as the manufacturing and trading of drugs and poisons.

The attendees included the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Academic Research and Extension Prof Peter Gichangi, Dean of the School of Applied and Health Sciences Prof Huxley Makonde, Director of Quality Assurance Dr Sylvia Mutua and Chairpersons from various Departments within the University.

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