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Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana Inducts New Pharmacists

Tuesday, 22 September 2015   (0 Comments)
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Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana Inducts New Pharmacists


The Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana (PSGH) has inducted 196 newly qualified pharmacists into its fraternity. This occurred as part of the activities performed at the opening ceremony of the Society’s congress held recently on the 16th of September this year.

The Executive Secretary, Rev. Pharm. Dennis Sena Awitty, who led the pharmacists through the induction ceremony, explained the basis for this ritual: According to Mr Awitty, the induction ceremony was necessary as it sought to satisfy the tenor and spirit of a four-decade old law, National Redemption Council Decree (NRCD) 143 passed in 1973 to govern the registration of professional bodies.

He stressed that since the PSGH was the only legally recognized professional body for all pharmacists registered to practice in Ghana, it was necessary to welcome all newly qualified pharmacists into the fraternity in a symbolic fashion by reciting the new members’ oath.

In unison, all the new pharmacists declared and affirmed to be members of the Society and solemnly pledged to faithfully abide by the constitution and the scope of the ethics of the PSGH. They also pledged to observe such social, moral and professional conduct as well as uphold the dignity of the Society. While declaring to promote the welfare and health of mankind, they promised to uphold the Society’s motto—“amicus humani generis”--at all times.

From a philosophical and biblical position, the PSGH president, Pharm. James Ohemeng Kyei advised all fresh pharmacists to aspire to be ambassadors of lofty virtues and remain focused in life. Questionable desire for money, according to Mr. Kyei, should never be a substitute for professionalism.

The inductees were a mix of pharmacists with diverse pharmacy school background. 137 were products of the premier pharmacy school, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, KNUST, Kumasi; with University of Ghana and Central University College providing 18 and 31 respectively. Only 10 were trained outside Ghana.

In terms of gender distribution, 37% of these pharmacists were females; with males forming the larger part

This number of 196 new pharmacists is expected to boost the total number of pharmacists in good standing with the Society as at the time of reporting to 2048.