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278 Newly Qualified and Registered Pharmacists Inducted

Saturday, 1 September 2018   (0 Comments)
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278 Newly Qualified and Registered Pharmacists Inducted


The Pharmacy Council has inducted 278 newly qualified and registered members into the Pharmacy profession at a ceremony in Accra on Thursday, 30 August 2018.

Inductees in a group photo with dignitaries at the event

The inductees included those who were trained in the three Schools of Pharmacy in the country: Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, School of Pharmacy in the University of Ghana, and the Department of Pharmacy in Central University. The others received their training from universities abroad. The induction ceremony was under the theme “Universal Health Coverage: The Role of Pharmacy Education”. Dr. Anarfi Asamoah-Baah, a former WHO Deputy Director General, was the Special Guest of Honour and Mr. Kwaku Agyemang-Manu, the Hon. Minister of Health, was the Guest of Honour.

Quick Facts on Inductees

The first batch of PharmD degree holders trained in Ghana were part of the inductees. Out of the 157 PharmD interns who sat for the July 2018 Ghana Pharmacy Professional Qualifying Examinations (GPPQE), 145 of them passed. This number was made up of 73 males and 72 females. A total of 153 BPharm degree interns also sat for the GPPQE in November 2017, out of which 133 passed successfully, with 1 candidate’s results being withheld. Out of the 133 BPharm candidates who were successful, 74 were males and 59 were females.

The Pharmacy Council awarded the John Ocran Award to each separate batch that sat for the GPPQE. Dr. Emmanuel Kwabena Appiagyei, a Hungary-trained pharmacist was adjudged the overall best candidate in the 2017 GPPQE. Dr. Belinda Danso also received the John Ocran Award for being the overall best candidate in the 2018 GPPQE. Both John Ocran Award recipients again received the Pharmacy Practice Award in their respective batches.


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Other award recipients were Pharm. Josephine Amponsem Boateng and Dr. Zenobia Yormekpe, who received the Law and Ethics Award for the 2017 and 2018 batches, respectively.

Speaking on behalf of her colleagues, Dr. Belinda Danso thanked their lecturers, parents, and all those who supported them during their studies, and called on the Ministry of Health to regularise the engagement of the new generation of PharmD professionals while continuing to better the lot of existing practicing pharmacists in the Health Ministry.

Congratulations to Dr. Emmanuel Kwabena Appiagyei on winning the John Ocran Award for being the Overall Best Candidate in the 2017 GPPQE Congratulations to Dr. Belinda Danso on winning the John Ocran Award for being the Overall Best Candidate in the 2018 GPPQE


Congratulatory Message

Dr. Anarfi Asamoah-Baah, the Special Guest of Honour for the ceremony, congratulated the newly inducted registered pharmacists on their hard work and splendid achievement.

He maintained that the future of the health of Ghanaians will be brighter as long as the country continues to invest in quality education of its health professionals. He charged the inductees to consider their roles as the torchbearers of a noble human mission by providing patients with excellent pharmaceutical care, which requires exceptional dedication and commitment.