The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Alarm Raised Over Illegal Pharmacists

THE Kenya Pharmaceutical Association has raised concerns over the increased number of illegally practising pharmacists in the county.

The association said the country has over 6,000 pharmacists with only 1,500 certified by the Pharmacy and Poison Board to practice.

Addressing journalists in Mombasa yesterday, the association secretary general, James Githinji, said there are a lot of chemists in the country which are being operated by unqualified personnel.

He said the large number of unqualified personnel is contributed by the government's failure to employ many students who graduate from medical training colleges.

"We have a shortage of pharmacists in the country because the government has failed to employ youths who are already trained," Githinji said.

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