Developing COVID-19 guidance for pharmacists in Pakistan
3 April 2020
Nadia Bukhari, Principal Teaching Fellow in UCL School of Pharmacy, has co-written COVID-19 guidelines for Pakistan's pharmacists
Nadia Bukhari, Principal Teaching Fellow in Pharmacy Practice at UCL School of Pharmacy, in collaboration with her colleague Bismha Nayyer in Pakistan, has co-written practical cautionary guidelines for Pakistan's pharmacists on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This new precautionary advice, in the form of an infographic called "COVID-19 10 Step Guidance for Pharmacy Teams," features simple, intuitive graphics and is now available in both English (pdf, 467KB) and Urdu (pdf, 482KB) languages.
The 10 steps cover the following areas:
1. Pharmacy Signage
2. Wash Your Hands
4. Social Distance
5. Face Masks
6. Prescription Handling
7. Mobile Phones Rx Handling
8. Cash / PC Handling
9. Sanitisation of Premises
10. COVID-19 Testing
This crucial communications tool has been approved and endorsed by the Ministry of National Health Services, Coordination and Regulation in Pakistan and supported by the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) and Commonwealth Pharmacists Association (CPA).
In addition, this guidance has been supported by: the Drug Regulatory Authority Pakistan; The Pakistan Pharmacists Association; DoctHERS, one of Pakistan’s leading telemedicine providers; Pharmacy Council Pakistan; and the National Alliance for Women in Pharmacy, Pakistan.
The new guidelines are now being widely disseminated and used in pharmacies across Pakistan to support pharmacy staff and their patients.
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