H.E. Nana Akufo-Addo receives PSGH at the Jubilee House
Monday, 18 June 2018
Posted by: Paul Owusu Donkor
H. E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo receives the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana at the Jubilee House
The Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana (PSGH) has called on President Akufo-Addo to take steps to implement the previously negotiated and signed conditions of service for the Government and Hospital Pharmacists Association (GHOSPA) as well as constitute the governing board of the Ghana College of Pharmacists. The courtesy call which took place on Tuesday 12th June was also to invite the President to the Society’s 83rd Annual General Meeting where it intends to confer an award on him.
The PSGH team was led by the immediate past president, Pharm. Thomas Boateng Appiagyei. The incumbent vice president, Pharm. Yvonne Y. Esseku as well as Pharms. Rauf Audu (registrar of the Pharmacy Council), Dennis Sena Awitty (executive secretary of the PSGH), Kwabena Offei Asante, Ernest Bediako and Abankwa completed the delegation for the PSGH. Other government officials, including Mr. Asante Bediatuo (executive secretary to the president) were present at the meeting. This is the second visit of the PSGH to H. E. Nana Akufo-Addo in the last two years.
Addressing the President at the Jubilee House when they paid the courtesy call on him, the Vice President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana, Yvonne Yirenkyiwaa Esseku, expressed appreciation for the commitment that government has shown to pharmacists over the years. She was particularly thankful to the president for his active role in ensuring a fair treatment of issues relating to the Government and Hospital Pharmacists Association (GHOSPA). She was, however, quick to point out that the GHOSPA Conditions of Service that was discussed the previous year had been signed but was yet to be implemented. She implored the president to give special attention to the already signed Conditions of Service in order to get it implemented.
Board for Ghana College of Pharmacists
Concerning post graduate training of pharmacists, Yvonne Yirenkyiwaa Esseku observed that the non-existence of a board for the Ghana College of Pharmacists is encumbering the work of the College. She entreated the President, who is the Appointing Authority, to constitute a new board for the College as soon as is practicable. The Ghana College of Pharmacists was established by Act 833 to provide specialist healthcare training of pharmacists.
The PSGH took the opportunity of the visit to invite the President as a special guest of honour to its 83rd Annual General Meeting to be held in Ho from July 31 to August 4. The conference, which is under the theme “Building Capacity to Lead Change in Healthcare” is aimed at starting the process of building the necessary capacities and leadership mindset that will enable healthcare professionals to better deliver quality healthcare to all Ghanaians. The PSGH further expressed its intention to confer on the President the highest award of the Society for non-pharmacists (the Honorary Fellowship Award). The Society intimated that it is motivated to confer the award as a result of:
a. the President’s fulfilment of his promise to exempt imported finished pharmaceutical products, not locally produced, from Value Added Tax. This has contributed to a reduction in the cost of medicines in Ghana. Consequently, the PSGH has also worked with the Ministry of Health to reduce prices of medicines on the NHIS due to this exemption;
b. the efforts of the President in sustaining the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS). The Society reiterated its appreciation for the settling of some outstanding debts of the NHIS
c. the President’s support for local pharmaceutical manufacturing. Currently, a number of local pharmaceutical manufacturing companies have received funding from the newly created Ghana Eximbank to invest and expand.
For these reasons, the PSGH strongly believes that the award of Honorary Fellow is well deserved.
The immediate past president of the PSGH, Pharm. Thomas Boateng Appiagyei in his address said the issue of Tramadol abuse that has been in the news is a matter of concern to the Society. He informed the president the through the collaborative work of the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) and the Pharmacy, regulation and enforcement activities have been stepped up in curbing the menace. He assured that the PSGH taking active leadership in bringing sanity to bear on the menace by educating the public on the dangers of tramadol abuse.
Response by the President
H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in his response to the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana (PSGH), assured that the two issues tabled before him concerning the formation of a board for the Ghana College of Pharmacists and the implementation of the already negotiated and signed Conditions of Service for GHOSPA will be addressed immediately. The President also accepted the invitation by the Society to attend the Grand Opening Ceremony of the 83rd Annual General Meeting (AGM) which is fixed for the 1st of August, 2018.