Five Liberian pharmacists bag post-graduate degrees
By Lincoln G. Peters
Five Liberian pharmacists and public health professionals on Tuesday, 21 March 2023 graduated with post-graduate degrees in various specialties from the West African Post-graduate College of Pharmacists (WAPCP) in Monrovia.
The graduation ceremony was held at Paynesville City Hall. The five Liberians were admitted as fellows of the WAPCP following the completion of approximately five years of studies and research.
They include Nimba County District #3 Representative Joseph Nyan Somwarbi, Public Heath/ PPV; Mr. Menmon Paul Zenon-Aau Dunah, Registrar of the Liberia Pharmaceutical Board, Public Heath/ASI; Dr. Archibal O. Kromah, Consultant at the Liberia Medical Health and Regulatory Authority, and Dr. Forkay B. Colnoe, JFK Head Pharmacist in Clinical Pharmacy, Cardiovascular, Endocrine, and Renal, among others.
The WAPCP was established in 1991 under the mandate of WAPF and inaugurated in Ghana in February 1991. The change of the name from WAPF to WAPCP was approved by the West African Health Organization (WAHO) on November 2, 1999.
To be eligible for the West African Postgraduate College of Pharmacists fellowship program, the pharmacist must be a registered pharmacist in a WAHO member country.
Speaking in an interview with journalists at the end of the graduation ceremony, Dr. Menmon P.Z Dunah said he is excited to be a graduate of WAPCP after approximately five years of studies.
“I am excited today because I received my fellowship degree from WAPCP. In our medical profession, after you have gotten your Master’s and Ph.D., you later enrol into a college and pursue a course that will prepare you over the period of four years,” he said.
Mr. Dunah explained that he will also be serving in the capacity of controlling infectious diseases like in the case of Ebola and COVID-19.
For his part, Nimba County Electoral District #3 Representative and Pharmacist, Joseph N. Somwarbi said he is overwhelmed and excited about bagging a post-graduate degree in Anti-microbial Stewardship and Infectious Diseases Control.
“I am excited because this is something that we normally do, and work for. The specialties that we have acquired here today, for me, we are just two with that specialty in Liberia,” he said. According to him, it’s important to Liberia because during the clinical trial, drugs are just tested on a small number of people, but now, drugs are administered to millions of people.