By Emmanuel Todd, GNA
Accra, Aug. 15,
GNA - Mrs Gifty Naa Ayele Mensah, the Deputy Minister of Health, has urged
members of the Pharmaceutical Society Of Ghana (PSGH) to take steps to harness
the strength and knowledge of Pharmacists to digitalise the Pharmaceutical
She said such
digital transformation for patients would come from parallel development from
both public and private healthcare providers.
This has the
potential to lay the foundation for further deliberations on separation of
services, and the community pharmacies role in public health provision, the
contribution to a reduction of non-communicable diseases and immunization.
She made this
statement at the Pharmaceuticals Society of Ghana’s Annual General Meeting held
in Accra on Wednesday, on the theme “Pharmacy in a digital world”.
Mrs Mensah said
the timing was right and not only for the Pharmaceutical Industry to go
digital, but healthcare delivery in general because Pharmacists, pharmacy
practice, and pharmacy businesses cannot be decoupled from the overall
healthcare delivery of the country.
Government Hospital Pharmacists Association (GHOSPA) that the Ministry was
giving the needed attention to their challenges and current engagements with
the National Labour Commission and Fair Wages and Salary Commission.
“I am aware of
some of the few challenges new pharm D graduates are going through but I am
also aware that your individual institutions and your leadership are working
with us to resolve them. Let’s all continue to engage to ensure the advancement
of pharmacy and mother Ghana,” she said.
Kwame Botwe, President PSGH, said that the advent of the internet and technology
in many fields including healthcare, pharmacy and other professions had
advanced and critical thinking was needed to remain relevant whilst building
upon a strong scientific foundation in the discovery, development, mechanism of
action and use of medicines for best outcomes.
He said the
Pharmacy profession in Ghana had taken advantage of the internet and technology
to enhance professional development, adding that currently, the Pharmacy
Council had accredited four online Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
providers who would mount online CPD platforms for pharmacists.
He said this
initiative would assist professionals who did not have the resources and time
to travel from distant communities to take their trainings at their various
complement of working drawings for the Pharmacy Centre project is ready and it
includes use of technology for hosting conferences in the modern world. We are
currently pursuing the acquisition of the various permits as well as financing
options for the project since the Society only has a fraction of the required
funds for the project,” he said.
Mr Botwe noted
that PSGH had been supported by the Ministry of Health and GHOSPA to develop
the new job descriptions approved by the Ghana Health Service Council, signed
and forwarded by the Director General, GHS.
PSGH and GHOSPA
copies have been printed and circulated to Heads, Human Resource Directors and
Chief Executive Officers within GHS and Teaching Hospitals.
that the “PSGH FUND” had been registered and Databank appointed as Fund
Managers, adding that, a Fund Account had been opened with the custodian bank,
being Ghana Commercial Bank.
“The Board of
Trustees have been set up and a Trust Deed has been drafted for the input of
members for mobilization to start,” he said.
The PSGH also
donated some medical items worth about Gh¢42,000.00 to the health unit of the
University Of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) to support in their health
assured the University of their unfailing support whenever the Society was