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Ghana’s pharmacist to patient ratio below WHO recommendation

Saturday, 26 September 2015   (0 Comments)
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Ghana’s pharmacist to patient ratio below WHO recommendation


The PSGH joined scores of pharmacy organizations around the world to celebrate this year’s 25th September World Pharmacists Day under the theme: “Pharmacists: your partner in health.”

Local branches also joined the national executives and celebrated the occasion through media engagements and public education in effort to raise awareness about the critical roles pharmacists play in the health sector.

WPD, a brainchild of FIP was launched several years ago to draw attention to the valuable roles pharmacists play in healthcare delivery.

In a speech to launch the day, held at the forecourt of East Cantoments Pharmacy, Accra, the PSGH president Pharm. Thomas Boateng  Appiagyei  bemoaned the current pharmacist to patient ratio of 1:13,000 as significantly falling short of the WHO standard of 1:2000. He complained that this is a worrying situation as it defeats the country’s goal of promoting universal access to quality healthcare and sustainable health insurance scheme.

In his speech, Pharm. Appiagyei pointed to the significant efforts of pharmacists and pharmacies towards national development throughout the history of the nation.

“Not content to rest on past laurels though, at this significant time, the PSGH is more determined than ever before to collectively join hands with all stakeholders to give our nation and our noble profession its rightful place in the health delivery system,” he said.

He stressed on the need for pharmaceutical expertise to  go along side medicine use, an essential partnership for responsible use of medicines.

He said the unique expertise and in-depth knowledge of medicines and general health has made pharmacists playing diverse roles as counselors, teachers, and a readily-available source of a wide range of information on health and medicines.

He took the opportunity to remind government to quickly resolve the surrounding issues hampering the proper placement of GHOSPA members onto the SSSS. “It is an unfortunate and sad commentary on our national recognition for the critical role and need for pharmacists both in the public and private sector.”

“The PSGH is willing and ready to partner the NHIS to ensure the growth and sustainability of the NHIS. Our commitment to this cause has not wavered as medicines and its cost remains a central feature of the scheme.”

He said the Society looked forward to deepening its ties with the scheme and renewing its effort to support the National Health Insurance Authority in its quest to provide universal health care to the citizenry.

In attendance to launch this year’s celebration was Pharm. James Ohemeng Kyei, immediate-past president of PSGH, Pharm. Mrs Martha Gyansah-Lutterodt, Director of Pharmaceutical Services, Ministry of Health, Ghana, Pharm. Isaac Adupong, Greater Accra Regional Chairman of PSGH and the Executive Secretary of PSGH, Rev. Pharm. Dennis Sena Awitty.

Activities undertaken to mark the celebration included the mounting of adherence counseling clinics for public education on the importance of complying with required directions provided by health professionals.

Public awareness clinics would be mounted on Saturday, 26th September, at all the three malls in Accra, namely, West Hill Mall, Accra Mall, and Junction Mall from 1000 to 1600 hours.