|Mr Nitesh Brijlal, a pharmacist intern at KEH, made the hospital proud by
winning the Life Healthcare award for the best podium presentation at the 25th
South African Association of Hospitals and Institutional Pharmacists (SAAHIP)
conference. The award-winning honours research project was conducted in 2010 by
a group of 4th-year UKZN School of Pharmacy and Pharmacology students, to which
Brijlal belonged. The conference was held between 3-6 March this year at the
Champagne Sports Resort in Drakensberg.
Mr Brijlal was sponsored by the SAAHIP KZN Coastal branch to attend and present his group’s research findings. The other group members, Ms Nikkie Khoza, Ms Ncamisile Mbonane, Ms S’Phumelelo Meyiwa, Ms Saranya Moodley, Ms Trishal Parbhoo and Ms Eveshani Pillay, are currently enrolled in various internships nationwide and they nominated Mr Brijlal as presenter.
The project was titled “The Attitudes and Knowledge of Pharmacists towards the
Use of Herbal Medicine”. Pharmacists were given questionnaires and their
pharmacological knowledge on various herbs as well as their attitudes towards
herbal medicine was assessed. Results from the study suggested that (1)
pharmacognosy should be incorporated into the pharmacy curriculum; (2)
continuing education programmes on herbal medicine for practicing pharmacists
should be encouraged; (3) more scientific research ought to be conducted with
respect to herbal medicine; and (4) the registration of herbal medicine would be
Mr Brijlal indicated that he would like to thank his research group and everyone else who made this experience possible. “Bringing the trophy home to KZN was definitely the highlight for me. I thoroughly enjoyed the conference and had a fantastic time that will undoubtedly be firmly etched in my memory,” said Mr Brijlal.