Pharmacists Donate To Tano-Odumase Health Centre
THE PHARMACEUTICAL Society of Ghana has donated drugs worth GH¢20,000 to the Tano Odumase Anglican Health Centre in Ashanti, as part of activities to mark World Pharmacists Day.
The occasion was the maiden launch of World Pharmacists Day in Ghana at Tano Odumase in the Atwima Mponua District of the Ashanti region. The World Pharmacists Day is observed every September 25 annually and the celebration of the Day started in 2010 with Ghana joining in the celebration for the first time this year.
The theme of the celebration was: ‘Pharmacists- Simplifying Your Medicines Use, No Matter How Complex’.
The Tano Odumase health Centre provides health care to over 40 communities in the Atwima Mponua district and other communities from the Brong Ahafo and Western Regions.
The President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana, James Ohemeng Kyei, who presented the drugs to the Minister of Health, congratulated pharmacists in the country for their contributions to the health sector in the country, despite the numerous challenges facing them.
He mentioned the significance of the celebration of the World Pharmacists Day and the way forward.
The drugs were received by Dr. Edward Prempeh of St. Edward Clinic in Kumasi, as the chairman of the Anglican Church Health Committee on behalf of the Tano Odumase Anglican Health Centre.
The Minister of Health, Madam Sherry Ayittey tasked the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana to help get rid of quack pharmacists and other drug peddlers whose activities compound the health status of Ghanaians. She says drug peddlers at lorry terminals should be a thing of the past.
Touching on the theme for the celebration, the Minister of Health, Madam Sherry Ayittey said it is a thought provoking definition for what pharmacists should do to simplify patients’ therapy to prevent delays or non adherence to them.
She urged pharmacists to put in their best to meet and address the needs of complex patients and also devise strategies to treat complex patients and tailor pharmacy education to optimize patient care.
The Health Minister indicated that compounding the disease burden and the shortage of human resources for health is the fact that many people still do not have access to essential medicines they need which she attributed to lack of local production capacity, weak institutional capacity and poorly regulated supply chain
According to the Minister, it is estimated that more than 10,000 private licensed and non licensed chemical sellers operate in Ghana. She stated that by law, new pharmacies or chemical sellers need to operate at a minimum distance from existing business but it is not clear whether the law is consistently enforced. S
He said the Ministry of Health will continue to make policies that will aid in simplifying medicine use to patients. The development and continual review of the Standard Treatment Guidelines and the Essential Medicine List is critical to simplifying medicine use.
She pledged government’s commitment to not only making medicines simple but also affordable and accessible to all Ghanaians.
The Anglican Archbishop of the Internal Province of Ghana, Most Rev. Dr. Yinkah Sarfo appealed to the President to personally intervene and address unrest on the labour front, especially strikes involving health professionals, to ensure the speedy resolution of all labour disputes in the health sector.
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