Mrs Yaa Pokua Baiden, the Western Regional Chairperson of the Ghana Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana (PSGH), has called for the responsible use of drugs and other orthodox medications in order not to incur complications and worsen health situations.
She said drugs though prepared to soothe health problems may have adverse effects on the individual if wrongly used, hence the need to avoid self-medication.
Mrs Baiden, who said this in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Takoradi during the World Pharmacists’ Day, said the Regional branch of the Association has embarked on an outdoor sensitization effort to help spread the message on the need to desist from self-medication.
The PSGH members, she said, have already visited selected schools and churches in the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis to educate them on the responsible use of medicines.
She said there is the need for every individual to seek professional medical advice and stop the abuse of drugs as well as self-medication.
"Make it a point to consult a doctor or a pharmacist in times of illness", she said.
The Day is celebrated annually to organize activities that promote and advocate the role of pharmacists in improving health care in every corner of the world.
It also creates a platform for people and patients to have direct interaction while benefitting from the services of pharmacists.
She said pharmacists are to ensure that the people are educated on the safe and effective use of medicines.
“We also create awareness on the side effects of the over dosage of medicines and taking fake drugs as well as getting rid of counterfeit drugs”, she said.
Mrs Baiden said the potential dangers that come with self-medication far exceeds its benefits.
She said any medication that had been approved for use has undergone strict scrutiny and assured the people that they should have faith in registered pharmacy shops since they are monitored by the PSGH.
“Self-medication is an important health concern and we believe that health education on the radio and regulation of pharmacies may help in limiting the self-medication practices”, she said.