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  • From the President's Desk - June 2017
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    June 2017

    Dear Colleague,

    I welcome you to the month of June, 2017 and with much joy, I bring you some updates on the affairs of the Society.

    2017 Conference

    As contained in my previous newsletter, our 2017 Conference comes off as follows:

    Date: Tuesday, 1st August to Sunday, 6th August, 2017.

    Venue: Great Hall, KNUST, Kumasi

    Theme: “Harnessing Opportunities in Pharmacy for National Economic Development”

    We've already formally visited the Vice Chancellor of KNUST, the Regional Minister, and Regional Police Commander among other important dignitaries. I know the Planning Committee is working hard to make the 2017 Conference extraordinary!

    I would like to personally take this opportunity to encourage maximum participation, early registration and booking of accommodation and effective arrangements in your facilities to ensure seamless provision of pharmaceutical service during the Conference period.

    As you are aware, election of executives for both Interest/Practice Groups and the PSGH itself will take place at the 2017 Conference in accordance with the new (2016) PSGH Constitution. The new constitution as well as the election nomination forms and relevant information on the Conference. will be made available at the website ( www.psgh.org)

    Governing Board Meeting

    The Governing Board held its second quarter meeting on Saturday, 27th May, 2017. At the meeting, key discussions and decisions were taken to speed up progress on many issues including:         

    1. Pharmacy Centre Project Site
    2. Terms of engagement of the Strategic Plan Project Manager/Deputy Executive Secretary
    3. Formation of Elections Committee 
    4. Online payment
    5.  PharmD top-up programme for preceptors
    6. Progress on GHOSPA issues
       

    PSGH Strategic Plan

    The various practice groups have all agreed on the strategic plan activities with timelines for 2017 and this will be monitored and coordinated by the Strategic Plan Coordinating Committee (SPCC).

    Pharmacy Centre Project

    The Pharmacy Centre Project Committee has given the green light to the Project Consultant to produce the working drawings for the project. The Governing Board has also approved the setting up of the project site and office in preparation for the project.

     

    GHOSPA

    As part of the PSGH Strategic Plan a joint meeting of the SPCC, SEC and GHOSPA was held to discuss the way forward for GHOSPA.  Among others, a list of consultants and consulting firms with expertise in Human Resource and Labour engagements were recommended following consultations with key persons.

    This was followed up with discussions with four (4) short-listed consulting firms, two (2) were short-listed for interview and one has been appointed with jointly agreed terms of reference to help in the resolution of the GHOSPA's issues including grade structure, condition of service and interim market premium.

    Appointment of Pharmacists into governing positions

    It is with great pleasure that I confirm to you the appointment of some pharmacists into various positions. These include:

    • Pharm. Mrs. Delese Mimi Darko – CEO, Food & Drugs Authority (FDA)
    • Pharm. Rauf Audu – Registrar, Pharmacy Council
    • Pharm. Mrs. Yaa Pokua Baiden – Deputy CEO, National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA)
    • Pharm. Dr. Fred Kyei Asamoah – Executive Director, Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training
    • Pharm. Derick Owusu-Ambrose – DCE, Assin South District

    The PSGH wishes them success. The PSGH Executives have started paying courtesy calls on them to personally congratulate them and assure them of the Society's support to ensure they succeed.

    Courtesy Calls

    The PSGH Executives and the Chairman of the Community Practice Pharmacists Association (CPPA) paid a courtesy call on the newly appointed acting Registrar of the Pharmacy Council, Pharm. Rauf Audu. The call was to assure him of the support of the PSGH and to offer a hand of partnership and support in the regulation of the practice of pharmacy in line with the relevant laws, policies and the PSGH Strategic Plan to improve upon the image of the profession.

    The PSGH also paid a courtesy call on the newly appointed acting CEO of the Food and Drugs Authority, Pharm. Mrs. Delese Mimi Darko. The Executives also assured her of support and offered her a PSGH partnership. Discussions on regulation of various outlets that offer a mix of herbal and orthodox remedies; creation of employment opportunities for pharmacists and pushing the traditional boundaries that limited roles of pharmacists were also discussed.

    The next courtesy call would be on the Deputy CEO of the NHIA, Pharm. Mrs. Yaa Pokua Baiden.

    PSGH is awaiting confirmation of dates for scheduled courtesy calls to the President of the Republic of Ghana, the Speaker of Parliament, the Majority Leader and the Parliamentary Select Committee on Health (PSCH).

    Meeting with Global Executives of KNUST Alumni

    The Global Executives of the KNUST Alumni met the Governing Board of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana (PSGH) to thank the PSGH and its members for the continued support. The Global Executives were led by its President, Pharm. Eunice Ofosua Akosua Amoako. Others executives were Global Vice President, Mr. Kwaku Agbesi; Pharm. Mrs. Cynthia Amaning Danquah, Global Secretary and Pharm. George Attara-Boye, Global Deputy Secretary.

    Conclusion

    As we inch gradually to the middle of the year, I urge all and sundry to do a very critical assessment of progress made with the various plans for the year and make the required adjustment for success.

    I especially want to encourage all of us to make it a point to be at the 2017 Conference in Kumasi which would be one of the best AGMs in the annals of the PSGH.

    God bless you as you keep moving.

    Thank you.