President's Monthly Message: September 2018
Wednesday, 10 October 2018
Posted by: Paul Owusu Donkor
President's Monthly Message: September 2018
Once again, I bring you warm felicitations from the Standing Executive Committee (SEC), the Governing Board (GB) and the National Secretariat of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana (PSGH).
We have just ended the 3rd Quarter of the year and have ushered in the last quarter of 2018. As indicated at the beginning of the year, planning and evaluation are necessary for progress and advancement in our individual and collective endeavours.
Grand Opening Ceremony of #PSGHAGM2018
I want to take this opportunity once again on behalf of SEC, GB and the entire PSGH membership to congratulate the 2018 AGM Planning Committee and the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) for delivering an excellent AGM in Ho. I believe most (if not all) of us really enjoyed the entire AGM. Ho as a conference destination for PSGH has come to stay and we will build upon the gains made for a bigger and better AGM in the future.
Akpɛ kakaaka !
The 2018 PSGH AGM proceedings have been submitted to SEC and would be studied in its entirety for review and implementation of recommendations from the General Assembly and Practice Group deliberations.
Of particular note is the decision to start a PSGH Fund for members. The PSGH Welfare Committee would be working on the modalities for implementation effective 1st January, 2019. The modalities would be communicated to all in due course.
On the Model Pharmacy, the committee has taken note of various concerns expressed and would be taking them into consideration to help shape the concept for stakeholder engagement to collectively forge the way forward.
The CPD on Ethics In Pharmacy Practice received a lot of positive reviews. The PSGH will continue to collaborate with the Pharmacy Council to formulate an accredited online version for pharmacists.
The CPD on “Expanding The Role Of The Pharmacist- Vaccination And Immunization” was to serve as a sensitization for pharmacists to prepare us for involvement in vaccination in Ghana as is being advocated by the FIP. The PSGH is putting together an advocacy programme to move this forward.
The PSGH with the support of the Pharmacy Council engaged Astrazeneca for the deployment of an online portal that could facilitate the delivery of online CPDs for pharmacists. The launch of the portal known as AZ Engage i-pharmacy CPD Solutions took place at the residence of the British High Commissioner on 25th July, 2018.
The PSGH also collaborated with IQVIA ( a merger between IMS Health and Quintiles) to launch HCP Space which is also a platform that could help deliver online CPDs as well as help foster learning and close collaboration between and among healthcare professionals. The launch of HCP Space took place on 20th September, 2018.
I urge all of you to go online and explore both the AZ Engage and HCP Space apps and experience all that the platforms have to offer.
The Secretariat is putting in all efforts to get many pharmacists to get on board to enhance intra-pharmacy networking and collaboration.
2018 FIP Congress – Glasgow 2018
Ghana’s delegation at the 2018 FIP Congress
The 2018 FIP Congress for pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists took place in Glasgow from the 2nd to 6th September, 2018. The theme for the 78th FIP Congress was Pharmacy: Transforming Outcomes! A total of forty-three (43) pharmacists from Ghana registered for the congress.
The FIP Council elected Pharmacist Dominique Jordan from Switzerland as the new FIP President. Mr. Jordan takes over from Dr. Carmen Pena who completed her tenure at the close of the 2018 FIP Congress.
The FIP released a number of reports including:
1. Pharmacy workforce intelligence: Global trends
2. Pharmacists supporting women and responsible use of medicines
3. Use of medicines by the elderly: The role of pharmacy in promoting adherence
4. Pharmacists in the supply chain: The role of the medicines expert in ensuring quality and availability.
These reports are available at www.fip.org.
At the 2018 FIP Congress, there was particular of focus on the expanding roles of pharmacists in healthcare. Vaccination received a lot of interest. A policy conference was organized on the 1st September, prior to the start of the Congress on
“Improving access, coverage and trust in vaccination: Harnessing the role of pharmacists”.
The FIP encouraged pharmacists to get actively involved in vaccination and immunization programmes and push the limits so as to be able to help in increasing coverage and improve outcomes.
The opening ceremony of the FIP Congress was addressed by the Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport.
The Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport, Ms. Jeane Freeman, applauded the work of pharmacists in healthcare delivery in Scotland and globally. She acknowledged how pharmacists were helping in transforming outcomes. She said Achieving Excellence In Pharmaceutical Care was the strategy to help improve pharmaceutical care delivery under the NHS in Scotland.
She identified three key enablers as priorities for action for improved outcomes:
1. developing the pharmacy workforce,
2. improving access to and use of digital information and technologies, and
3. planning for a sustainable, flexible and resilient approach to the delivery of NHS pharmaceutical care.
On her part, the outgoing FIP President, Dr. Carmen Pena said her agenda for the past 4 years had been based on a strategy called “Two times Two", which consisted of two actions – professional development and the promotion and legitimate defense of our profession's interests – on two levels: on an individual level and on a collective level. She said the 3 areas she had worked on were: People, Services and Sustainability.
According to the WHO, up to 50% of the medicines that reach developing countries are falsified or substandard. This, she said, must be of concern to pharmacists. Dr. Pena said pharmacists know that medicines are not consumer products, because patients are not consumers who can choose whether or not to take their medication.
She concluded that, to prevent health risk for patients, the greatest guarantee of sustainability in access to and responsible use of medicines, resides in policies that lay down global, national and regional regulations which ensure that the whole medicine chain, from research to destruction, is supervised and safeguarded by pharmacy workers, ensuring the final goal: patient health.
The opening ceremony was followed by three days of presentations on various topics under different sub thematic areas including New and Breakthrough in Pharmaceutical Care Delivery, Improving Pharmacy Research and Emerging Roles in Pharmacy Practice among others.
The African Pharmaceutical Forum was also held where all African countries within the FIP met to deliberate overs issues affecting Pharmacy Practice on the continent. It was resolved that Ghana would host the next APF Congress.
The next FIP Congress is scheduled to take place in Abu Dhabi, UAE from 22nd to 26th September, 2019. The theme for the 79th Congress is New horizons for pharmacy – navigating winds of change.
Sub thematic areas include: New trends in science, practice and education; New roles, opportunities, and responsibilities; Health now! Responding to the challenges of today and Targeting special interests in different fields of Pharmacy.
2018 World Pharmacists Day
Official launch of the 2018 World Pharmacists Day in Accra
Once again, I want to use this opportunity to thank all of you, especially the Chairpersons and executives of all the regional branches of the PSGH for a very successful celebration of the 2018 World Pharmacists Day. The theme for the celebration “ Pharmacists: Your Medicines Experts” puts a focus on the extensive expertise that pharmacists have and put to use every day to ensure better patient health outcomes. Having boldly declared and celebrated the day in all the various regions, we have to walk the talk by applying our knowledge, skills and competences for the benefit of patients for better health outcomes. The first step to making our expertise available as pharmacists is our availability. To put our expertise at the disposal of the healthcare team requires our presence. To put our expertise at the disposal of the patient requires our presence both at the bedside and at the point of dispensing. We should resolve that as far as medicines use is concerned, we are present at the table to discuss and proffer evidence-based solutions. Expertise requires diligence, continuous personal and professional development so as to keep pace with the rapid development in pharmaceutical care delivery. Let’s endeavor to use the power of the internet and advancing technology to enhance our expertise and practice.
I was delighted to see Pharmacists on the Streets (POTS), Pharmacists in the Mall (PIM) as well as Pharmacists in the Market among others. Long may it continue.
AREPI joins IFPMA
The Association of Representatives of Ethical Pharmaceutical Industries (AREPI) as part of its strategic direction for 2018, resolved to join the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers and Associations (IFPMA). IFPMA organized a 2 day workshop in Accra on the 18th and 19th September, 2018 for AREPI members. The workshop involved training in code of ethics of IFPMA. This involved doing the right according to sound moral principles, codes and standards, and laws. AREPI members and other stakeholders were also taken through a forum on Increasing Trust in Healthcare Systems under the Fight the Fakes Initiative of IFPMA.
At the end of the 2 day programme, AREPI was officially awarded membership of IFPMA.
GHOSPA Job Description and Specialization for Pharmacists
After months of PSGH facilitating the development of a new job description document for pharmacists working in the public sector led by a consultant, the Human Resource Directorate of the Ghana Health Service organized a validation meeting on 2nd October, 2018. The meeting was organized for various stakeholders to validate and make inputs into the draft job description for pharmacists in the public sector. The meeting ended successfully. The inputs would be finalized and the document presented to the Ghana Health Service Council for a decision.
We will continue to update members of progress every step of the way.
As we enter the Iast quarter of 2018, I urge all of us to push hard to see our goals through and start planning for a successful 2019.
God bless you all.
Pharm. Benjamin Kwame Botwe