Running a deeply rural pharmacy is a huge challenge. Whether it’s trying to ensure we have life-saving medication on hand, or completing the reams of paperwork that are required, our pharmacists over the years have been exceptional. (Only 28% of pharmacists work in the public sector!) We're currently back to only two pharmacists and only one assistant, so there's plenty of hard work!
Amma is, as far as we know, the first foreign-national pharmacist to work at Zithulele! She quite multi-national really: a Ghanaian citizen, who grew up in Botswana and studied in South Africa. She did her undergrad degree at Rhodes University and an MSc (Med) (Pharmacy) at the University of Limpopo. She's interested in clinical pharmacy, but also such esoteric things as pharmacokinetics and pharmacogenomics. She also loves reading, and is hoping to learn how to fish.
Siziphiwe, known to most people as Piwe, is our community service pharmacist. She graduated from NMMU. Her pharmacy interest lies in so-called "psych drugs" and enjoys helping the range of people who need their assistance. She'd love to be a "PsychoPharmacist" (is that a thing?) and help break down the stigma that's still attached to this part of health care. Outside of work, she loves to read books, and burns energy by singing and dancing - and the occasional run.
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