Captain Manvikram Singh Gill is the first medical officer to be honoured with the Pharmacy Professional of The Year 2019 award
SwipeRx, the largest social network of pharmacists in Southeast Asia, presented its top professional pharmacist award to Manvikram on Monday, 17 February.
According to their website, SwipeRx has a community of over 150,000 pharmacy professionals across the region with over 40,000 pharmacies using them as a one-stop shop for their daily practice.
The 28-year-old, who is currently a pharmacist at Tuanku Mizan Armed Forces Hospital in Wangsa Maju, beat thousands of other pharmacists to win the award
"I am proud of the award which helped put the Armed Forces and the country on a pedestal. It will motivate me and my fellow colleagues to aim higher in our service," Manvikram said, according to New Straits Times.
Manvikram credits his success to Brigadier-General Datuk Dr A Halim Basari
Dr Halim is Malaysia's first military pharmacist and also serves as pharmacy director at the Health Services Division of the Defence Ministry.
"I was Dr Halim's understudy during my early years after graduating as second-lieutenant (from the Armed Forces Health Institute at the Terendak Camp in Melaka)," said Manvikram.
"It was Dr Halim who intensively groomed me with an advanced pharmacy leadership course," he added, according to New Straits Times.
He is currently pursuing a Master's degree in pharmacy at the International Medical University in Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur
"I aspire to further promote the capabilities of the pharmacy profession in Malaysia."
"This in the long term will enhance the roles and responsibilities of pharmacists for the betterment of the community," he said.
Military pharmacists provide healthcare services during peace or wartime