Emmanuel Todd, GNA
Accra, Aug. 15, GNA
- The Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana (PSGH) on Thursday, embarked on a massive
sensitisation exercise in Accra to educate the general public on the usage of
dubbed “Pharmacists Professional Outreach” with the slogan “Operation Storm”
formed part of the PSGH’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2019, which began on
Tuesday under the theme ‘Pharmacy in a digital world.’
Mr Kwabena Asante
Offie, Chairperson for the PSGH’s AGM 2019 planning committee, told the Ghana
News Agency that the outreach is being attended by 3,000 Pharmacists from all
communities across the country.
He said the
exercise was to educate the general public against the misuse of pharmaceutical
drugs and advised the public to talk to their pharmacist when buying drugs to
help them understand the usage of such medications.
He said the
practice where people bought drugs from unapproved sources or walked to the
drug store with their own preference of drug was dangerous and should refrain
from such practices.
He said members of
the Society would visit offices, market places and lorry parks to educate the
public on the significant roles pharmacists played in their health.
“We know that
Ghanaians have questions but do not get the right people to ask so we have
taken this initiative to come to their door step to answer their questions and
give them the needed advice,” he said.
He said they also
educated the public on some side effects of drugs and the importance of taking
medications according to the given prescription by a qualified pharmacist.
Mr Offie said that
it was bad for a person on medication to take alcohol, adding that, pregnant
women and breast feeding mothers must also stay away from alcohol, caffeine
products such as coffee, energy drinks among others.
“Whenever they have
a problem they should not feel shy but boldly walk to any Pharmaceutical shop
and discuss their challenges with the pharmacists,” he advised.
He noted that some
side effects of drugs and allergies could be managed easily when a pharmacist
was contacted on time.
He said places
visited by the team included the Flagstaff House, Parliament House, Judicial
Service, Fire Service Headquarters, Airport shell, National Communication
Authority, Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, 37 Bus Station, Madina Bus Station,
Oxford Street, Dome Market amongst other places within the capital.