The Lady Pharmacist Association of Ghana LAPAG has been urged to step up its effort in addressing the increasing spate of medical prescription by non professionals in the country lately.
Minister of Health Sherry Ayettey made the call in a speech read for her at the launch of the Lady Pharmacist Association of Ghana on the theme ‘LAPAG 20 Years of Science -Oriented Healthcare in Accra.
According to him the unfortunate development would pose a health security threat such as antimicrobial resistance and irresponsible use of medicine due to the lack of education on the menace.
She has therefore charged LAPAG to employ multi educational strategies through religious bodies, educational and remote areas in the country to educate the Ghanaians on the dangers of the menace and its repercussion on the nation’s development.
‘I would urge you to deepen your commitment in addressing various health programmes such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, breast screening and education, malaria and family health especially in maternal and adolescent health,’ she said.
‘I believe by your training, you are in the position to support these programmes reach the targets we are struggling to reach in the Millennium Development Goals MDG’s,’ she added.
The Health Minister also called on LAPAG to ensure Ghanaians especially those rural areas benefit from their services.
”My major worry is our inability to allow our service to reach the hard to reach , most of the services are all in urban areas leaving the rural areas to the various middlemen who are trading pharmaceuticals as ordinary items of commerce,” she added.
She commended the Association for their numerous social interventions support to the less privilege in the past twenty years of their existence and called for a deeper collaboration and partnership with her ministry to address challenges in the health sector of the country.
The Lady Pharmacists Association of Ghana (LAPAG) is an interest group of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana and a Non-profit, Civil Society Organization (CSO) dedicated to improving the health, human welfare and educational attainment for women and the youth in Ghana.
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