Professional excellence rewarded at an Evening with the Stars
The 2016 National Pioneer Pharmacy Awards was a glitzy and festive event on the 2nd SAPC National Pharmacy Conference agenda. Held on Saturday 22 October, the profession had the chance to celebrate the excellence of pharmacists and pharmacy facilities, from both the public and private sectors, under the theme an Evening with the Stars.
The ‘Evening with the Stars’ gala dinner was held at the Durban ICC on Saturday (22/10/2016) where industry professionals from both private and public sector were awarded for excellence in pharmacy.
Registrar of the SAPC Amos Masango, in his opening address, said that the Council selected recipients in the categories of ‘Pioneer Pharmacy Professional’ and ‘Pioneer Pharmacy Facility’ for their commitment in ensuring sustainable pharmaceutical services for all South Africans. The Awards have grown as part of the National Health Recognition Awards over the past six years and have helped build a national network of pharmacy professional across various industries.
From left to right: Amos Masango, Registrar/CEO; Prof Praneet Valodia (overall winner in the Professional Pioneer Award category; Prof Manoranjenni Chetty, SAPC President
Prof Praneet Valodia from the Western Cape was the overall winner in the Professional Award category. He was recognised for his contribution and strong track record in healthcare innovation.
Other Pharmacy Professional awardees included: Lorinda Cloete – Private Institutional Pharmacist Award; Caroline de Beer – Public Institutional Pharmacist Award; Maria Zulu – Post-Basic Pharmacist’s Assistant Award; Blenerhassit Eager – Community Pharmacist Award.
From left to right: Prof Praneet Valodia (overall winner in the Professional Pioneer Award category); Maria Zulu – Post-Basic Pharmacist’s Assistant Award; Blenerhassit Eager – Community Pharmacist Award; Amos Masango, SAPC Registrar/CEO; Lorinda Cloete – Private Institutional Pharmacist Award; Caroline de Beer – Public Institutional Pharmacist Award; Prof Manoranjenni Chetty, SAPC President.
From left to right: Amos Masango, SAPC Registrar/CEO; Mr Brian Pillay, Responsible Pharmacist, RK Khan Hospital Pharmacy; Prof Manoranjenni Chetty, SAPC President.
The RK Khan Hospital based in Chatsworth, Durban, took top honours in the Pioneer Pharmacy Facility category for their unique Decongestion Project which enabled patients to collect chronic medicines from alternative pick-up points in the community.
Other Pharmacy Facility awardees included: Clicks Pharmacy Key-West – Community Pharmacy Award and Life Fourways Hospital – Private Institutional Pharmacy Award.