The Quality Use of Medicine Campaign (QUMC) was successfully conducted by AIMST Pharmacy Students Association (PharmSA) under the guidance of Faculty of Pharmacy in collaboration with Kuala Muda District Health Department, National Anti-Narcotic Agency (AADK) and Kedah Pharmacy Enforcement Unit. The objectives of this campaign was to raise awareness regarding the use of medicines, cosmetics and supplements among university students; to provide advice and guidance about the rationale, safe and quality use of medicines, cosmetics and supplements among university students so that they will be able to make the right decision in the rational drug use; and lastly, to encourage the students to take part in activities pertaining to the quality use of medicines.
This activity lasted for three days, from 25th May to 27th May, 2016. Exhibitions and talks were among the activities carried out during the campaign. Exhibition lasted for three days and was located at the University’s Café Foyer. Meanwhile, talks and Q&A session held on 26th May, 2016 (Thursday), from 9 am to 12 pm at the Universities Medical building received an overwhelming response with 150 students from pharmacy program and Foundation Studies of AIMST University.
The event was officiated by Professor Dr. Mohd. Baidi Bahari, DVC (Research, innovation and infrastructure) and Dean, Faculty of Pharmacy. Guests of honour present for the occasion were Snr. Assoc. Professor Dr. Kaveti Balaji, DVC (Student affairs), Snr. Assoc. Professor Dr. Kasi Marimuthu, DVC (Academic and International Affairs), Assistant Registrars Miss Sumathi and Mr. Anthony Tee, Representatives from Ministry of Health, Malaysia and lecturers from Faculty of Pharmacy.
Posters regarding the rights of consumers while getting their medicines and proper use of medicines were exhibited. Ways to use ‘meditag’ decoder, ways to identify genuine medicine from counterfeit medicine and ways to use certain medical devices were also demonstrated at the exhibition booths. There was also exhibition on illicit drugs that are commonly found and abused in Malaysia by National Anti-Narcotic Agency (AADK).
This campaign officially ended at 4 pm on 27th May, 2016 and it is strongly believed that the objectives of this campaign were achieved. The organizing committee would like to record their appreciation to the University Management for their kind support throughout the campaign as well as representatives from Ministry of Health (Kuala Muda District Health Office and Kedah Pharmacy Enforcement Unit) and National Anti-Narcotic Agency (Kuala Ketil Branch) for their willingness to participate and their contributions for the event.
Contributed by: Mr. Ng Yen Ping, AIMST University, Malaysia.