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THE first 50 pharmacy technicians in the country will this year graduate at NMMU, the only accredited institution for this qualification.

Currently, 140 students are registered for the first year, the third intake of students which has doubled over the past three years, says coordinator Pharmacy’s Prof Shirley-Anne Boschmans.

The qualification was developed by the South African Pharmacy Council (SAPC) in consultation with the National Department of Health to meet the country’s needs for primary health care service delivery.

These graduates will be able to manage a primary health care dispensary under indirect supervision.

Altogether 14 of the students are graduating cum laude, about 70% are women and the group represents both school leavers and mature students, some with previous qualifications in the fields of the of radiography, IT, biochemistry and microbiology.

According to the SAPC, South Africa needs 2 500 technicians to qualify annually to fulfill its needs.