Clinical pharmacy lecturer Muhammed Vally is one of the brains behind a project at Wits University to create a clinic where students can practice their skills on staff and fellow students. The Screening Testing Programme for pharmacy students lets them check blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels, and offers diabetes and HIV tests. It gives his students practical experience and provides a useful free service, especially for students without medical aid. Vally lectures in pharmacology and is a specialist in diabetes and preventive cardiovascular medicine. He hopes his work will help to train pharmacists to manage the hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol of their patients. “I would love to be the one who pioneers the change. Patients will be the ones to benefit from it, and since hypertension is such a big problem in South Africa, I would like that to be part of the solution,” he says.
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