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AGM 2018 Activities Summaries
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The #PSGHAGM2018 is under the theme “Building Capacity to Lead Change in Healthcare”. The idea behind this is that, we believe the future of healthcare in general and pharmaceutical care in particular is different from how we see it and what we do as healthcare professionals in Ghana at the moment. In the next 5 to 10 years, how will healthcare look like? What will be the impact of technology on healthcare, how influential will patients and patient groups become, what innovations/breakthroughs exist or are in the pipeline that will impact healthcare in the near future and how differently should we be thinking, what capacities should we be developing, what areas do we need to be focusing on as healthcare professionals in order to lead those changes that need to occur to make way for this future and also to be able to lead when those changes occur. These are the kinds of questions we hope to answer at the AGM this year.

The Planning Committee has repackaged the #PSGHAGM2018 to allow the burning pharmaceutical issues to take center stage throughout the 5-day event. In keeping with the green revolution, the complete conference agenda has been hosted on Whova® (official PSGHAGM2018 conference app). Members are encouraged to build their own agenda, take notes and exchange business cards on the Whova® platform.

 

Tuesday 31st July, 2018

Registration for the AGM begins late afternoon on Tuesday 31st July, 2018 at 2:00 pm and closes at 12 midnight. Plans are for a simple process for all who have registered in advance to obtain their conference packs ahead of the Opening Ceremony on Wednesday morning. Registration will take place at the Forecourt of the Ho Technical University (G. M. Afeti Auditorium) and continue through Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. It is worth noting that Registration will break at 8:00 am on Wednesday 1st August, 2018 to ensure maximum participation in the Wednesday morning’s Business Session I.

On the same day, the PSGH President will lead a delegation to pay courtesy calls on principal leaders and key stakeholders in the Ho Municipality including the traditional authorities, regional administration and regional security chiefs.

As friends of the human race, the PSGH will hold a health outreach at Tanyingbe, a village located 20 minutes from Ho. (The chief of Tanyingbe – Togbe Kodi Adiko VI – is a Pharmacist).

This will be a departure from the usual outreach as a number of Adherence Counseling Units will be set up to counsel and educate adults, children and families in the community on key health issues from basic ones like personal hygiene/hand washing to complex ones such as drug therapy, compliance and medicines safety. The aim is to empower the community through education to take control of their personal and family health needs. The PSGH Governing Board will hold its 3rd Quarterly Meeting from 3pm till late evening on Tuesday.

Woezor (Ewe for “Welcome”) cocktail will be held at the residency of the Regional Minister to welcome all pharmacists to the #PSGHAGM2018. You cannot miss the opportunity to be a guest of the Regional Minister and to experience a night of rich Ewe Culture at this event.

 

Wednesday 1st August, 2018

Registration opens at 6:30 am till 8:00 am at the Ho Technical University. There may be routine security surveillance and checks on non-tag bearing persons so we entreat all Pharmacists to wear their tags throughout the Conference.

The first business session will start at 8:00 am. In response to the core legal agenda for AGMs, the session from 8:00 am to 10:30 am on Wednesday will be a Pharmacists Only Business/Reporting Session. The AGM will receive brief reports from the PSGH Governing Board, Pharmacy Council, Office of the Chief Pharmacist, the Food and Drug Authority and the Joint Pharmacy Faculties. This session is aimed at affording all participants a firsthand insight into the previous year’s activities and plans of these key stakeholders in the coming year. The Planning Committee intends to send soft copies of all received reports to members by email at least one week before the AGM starts. Furthermore, all reports will be available on the Whova® app. Read through and prepare for the AGM.

Kindly check with the national secretariat to confirm your email address if you are not on the Society’s mailing list. Discussions/Open Forum on reports will be deferred to Wednesday afternoon during the Business Session II. Admission into this session will be restricted to Pharmacists only and participants are entreated to register early, wear their tags and make the process smooth.

The Grand Opening Ceremony starts at 10:30 am prompt. This is a 3-hour event where AGM will be addressed by the President of the Republic of Ghana, the Regional Minister, the President of the PSGH, the Thematic Speaker and the Special Guest of Honour. There will also be brief fraternal messages from invited stakeholder/professional groups.

Our Special Guests and dignitaries will proceed to open the Conference Exhibition and visit the stands. This will last till 5:30 pm.

Lunch will be served at 1:45 pm, soon after the Grand Opening Ceremony.

Wednesday afternoon will open with the second and equally important Business Session II of the AGM. The Chairman of the Constitutional Review and Strategic Planning Committees of the PSGH will take turns to present their final reports to the Assembly. This will be followed by a 2 hour open forum for discussions on Business Session I, Practice Group interests and related matters.

This Last Business Session will consider Motions, Resolutions and Decisions for adoption by the AGM. Members seeking to move specific motions may forward their proposals ahead of time to the Executive Secretary by 15th July 2018 to enable it to be extensively shared to all Pharmacists beforehand. These Resolutions define our Society and profession and we hope all members will actively participate in this session as well.

A Thanksgiving Service dubbed “Aseye Nite” will follow later in the evening in the G. M. Afeti Auditorium at 6:30 pm for Guests and members of the PSGH. Be sure to come with your white handkerchiefs and your dancing shoes. It will be a night of psalms, hymns and spiritual songs!

 

Thursday 2nd August, 2018

Registration opens at 6:30 am at the forecourt of the Ho Technical University. There may be routine security surveillance and checks on non-tag bearing persons so we entreat all Pharmacists to wear their tags throughout the Conference.

There will be a plenary session on Pharmacists in Immunization before a Symposium on the Conference Theme. Participants are encouraged to be actively involved in the discussions. After a short coffee break, the Continuous Professional Development (CPD) topic will be treated. A critical topic that impacts on pharmacists and pharmacy practice, will be presented and discussed by colleagues. The presentation will be posted on the PSGH website after AGM to afford all members the opportunity to share in the knowledge. This is expected to attract CPD credits.

Lunch will be served between 2 and 3 pm at the Ho Technical University. Scientific papers (poster exhibition) will be mounted at the Forecourt of the HTU during lunch. Members are encouraged to engage with the various researchers to learn more about their findings.

LAPAG will hold its AGM soon after Lunch. There are unique feminine packages and attractions for this year’s LAPAG AGM and all our female colleagues are specially invited to participate and derive maximum benefits from the goodies at the session.

The Ebo Whyte Nite which has become a major attraction at our AGMs will take place on Thursday evening at the G. M. Afeti Auditorium.

 

Friday 3rd August, 2018

The Practice Groups will assume center stage on Friday morning. Each practice group will hold its mini AGM, receive and review its reports, discuss its specific strategic plan (for incorporation into the main Strategic Plan) and discuss matters of interest to its practice in relation to the theme. Participants in this session stand the chance to win special prizes/awards at the Grand Banquet on Friday Night. The Continuous Professional Development (CPD) sessions will NOT be incorporated in this year’s Practice Groups meetings. Leadership of all practice groups are encouraged to liaise with the National Secretariat for the completion of their unique programs ahead of time.

Lunch will follow after the last business session.

Vendor CPDs will take place from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm at the Volta Serene Hotel. This will be an opportunity for colleagues to accrue the needed CPD points as well as gain relevant practice knowledge without the trouble of having to travel all around the country.

The Closing Banquet will start at 7:00 pm prompt at the Volta Serene Hotel on Friday. Amidst live band music, food and drinks, participants will unwind with dinner and dance so do not forget to pack your dancing shoes. It is a black tie event and awards/special recognition for the AGM will be given there. The draft communiqué may also be read at this session.

 

Saturday 4th August, 2018

At 6:30 am prompt, the Excursion Bus will leave the Ho Technical University for the excursion sites. This voluntary Excursion will be at additional and separate cost each ‘tourist/participant’ to cover gate fees, lunch pack and transport. Payment can be made in advance through the following Mobile Money lines on various networks to be announced soon. Pay early and in advance to confirm your place.

Around 5pm on Saturday, there will be a Press Soiree to share the communiqué and related matters with the media in Ho. GB, SEC and Planning Committee members are expected to attend as the President will lead the team to disseminate the key decisions for public consumption and answer questions from the media.