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World Pharmacists Day 2018

Sunday, 26 August 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Paul Owusu Donkor
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WORLD PHARMACISTS DAY 2018

 

As designated in 2009 by the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP) Council in Istanbul, Turkey, 25th September marks the annual World Pharmacists Day.

 

Pharmacists: Your medicines experts” is the theme of this year’s World Pharmacists Day. Speaking on the significance of this year’s theme, the FIP President Dr. Carmen Peña said that “the theme of World Pharmacists Day emphasizes that pharmacists are a trusted source of knowledge and advice, not only for patients but for other healthcare professionals. For every patient who walks into a pharmacy, pharmacists ensure that the right medicine is provided at the right dose and in the most suitable formulation. We work with other healthcare professionals to ensure that every individual receives optimal treatment. Moreover, as one of the most accessible healthcare professionals globally, we use our learning to protect health and prevent illness.” She went on to say that, “this year, we focus on the extensive expertise that pharmacists have and put to use every day to ensure better patient health. This expertise is applied through science and research, through educating the next generation, and through transforming patient needs into services.”

 

Preventing illness

 

Developing medicines

Advising patients

Checking appropriate use

 

For the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana (PSGH), this year’s theme is very important because it highlights the varied, useful and impactful roles that the pharmacist plays in healthcare delivery in this country. All over the country, pharmacists will engage in various activities including public education in schools, communities, churches, mosque among others to provide education on the role of Pharmacists as medicines expert and engage them on the responsible use of medicines, adherence counselling, health promotion and contribute to public health.

 

As a Society, we progressively want to establish the value we add to healthcare and to patient safety, and through partnership to contribute to achieving our expanded role in public health. As we pledge our support to this cause, we call on government and other stakeholders to equally support the Society in the delivery of such social interventions.