Pharmacy Council Registrar meets KATH pharmacists
Wednesday, 14 June 2017
Posted by: Frank KUMI, Editor
Front row, middle L-R: Pharm. Rauf (PC Registrar), Pharm. Anthony Mensah (KATH Pharmacy Director)
The education and training of pharmacy practitioners is the backbone of pharmacy practice in every nation. As part of a familiarization visit to all pharmacy training institutions and practice sites in Ghana, the newly appointed Registrar of the Pharmacy Council, Pharm. Audu Rauf met with pharmacists at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital on Monday 12th June, 2017 at the ENT Auditorium of the teaching hospital in Kumasi.
In his opening remarks, the Registrar indicated that the objective for these visits is to gain deeper understanding of practitioners’ interest, issues, goals and desires so the Pharmacy Council can better serve them and the entire nation through several innovations in pharmacy practice regulation that the Council is going to deploy. He further emphasized on the need for health practitioners to work as a team and admonished pharmacists to build bridges within and among other professionals. He therefore called for the cooperation of all and assured the practitioners that the Council will be friendly but fair and firm in the discharge of its mandate to safeguard public safety.
The hospital pharmacists on their part lauded the recent initiatives of the Council such as the accreditation of preceptors, and particularly the visit of the Registrar. The following concerns and issues were raised and discussed with the Registrar;
1. The lack of regular stakeholder interactions with the regulator to discuss the needs and aspirations of both parties has led to significant gaps in the practice of pharmacy and many pharmacists are not happy about how pharmacy practice has been regulated over the past years.
2. The need to assess, accredit and certify all pharmacy practice sites in all hospitals before posting pharmacy interns for experiential training.
3. The inclusion of more hospital preceptors in the conduct of professional examinations.
4. Pharmacy Council to reconsider the current supervision policy on community pharmacy practice and the registration status of a pharmacist applicant seeking to establish a community pharmacy.
5. Pharmacy Council to extend similar support that it gives to the undergraduate pharmacy training programs to the residency programs of the Ghana College of Pharmacists.
6. The lack of adequate enforcement of laws and practice standards for wholesaling of medicines in Ghana.
7. The seeming lack of regulation of pharmacy practice in private hospitals and clinics.
8. Embargo placed on the recruitment of pharmacists into the public sector with its attended workload on existing public hospital practitioners.
Pharm. Audu Rauf, was appointed last April as the acting Registrar to take over from Pharm. Jospeh Nyoagbe who had served the country's pharmacy regulatory body as a Registrar for eleven (11) years.