Srinagar : The Department of Drug & Pharmacy SKIMS today celebrated World Pharmacist Day themed “Pharmacy United in Action for a healthier World” at SKIMS auditorium. According to statement issued from the Public Relations Office of SKIMS the Director SKIMS Prof. Parvaiz A Koul who was present on the occasion as chief guest complimented the department to celebrate the event for the first time and appreciated their initiative. He underscored the importance of pharmacy and said the role of pharmacist is critical in hospitals and is integral part of hospital functioning. He also stressed upon young pharmacists to remain associated with International bodies and keep abreast with latest knowledge to eventually benefit the patient care. Dean Medical Faculty also graced the occasion and stressed for awareness at community level about proper usage of drugs. He said pharmacist can play a key role in guiding and advising the patients in using medicine properly which can prevent over use of drugs prevailing at large scale in our society. On the occasion the pharmacists working in SKIMS also shared their experiences and highlighted the importance of pharmacy and role of pharmacists. Chief Pharmacist SKIMS Ms. Rehana was also present in the event.