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

    Dear Colleagues,

    We’ve just ushered in the third (3rd) month of 2017 and it gives me pleasure, as always, to update you on the affairs of your Society.Thus far, our plans for the Society are proceeding as expected.

    At its meeting on Saturday, 4th February, 2017, the Governing Board approved the 2017 budget for the Society, paving the way for us to make progress.

    2017 AGM/Conference

    As most of you are aware, 2017 is an election year for the Society. This means the 2017 AGM is referred to as a Conference according to our constitution.

    The Governing Board approved the  Great Hall of the KNUST, Kumasi as the venue for the 2017 AGM/Conference. The AGM is scheduled to start from Wednesday, 2nd August, 2017 to Friday, 4th August, 2017. However, some pre-AGM and post-AGM activities will take place on Tuesday, 1st August and Saturday, 5th as well as Sunday 6th August 2017 respectively.

    The theme as approved by the Governing Board is “Harnessing Opportunities in Pharmacy for National Economic Development.”

    The 2017 AGM/Conference Planning Committee has already started work and paid its maiden site visit to Kumasi.

    If the 2016 AGM in Sunyani is used as a standard, then members can expect to have an excellent conference in Kumasi.

    Strategic Plan

    The Governing Board has approved the proposed activities of the Strategic Plan for 2017. The various practice groups are drafting their budgets for the Strategic Plan Coordinating Committee (SPCC) to help them prioritize areas of intervention for implementation.

    Meanwhile, the deadline for the position of Deputy Executive Secretary/Strategic Plan Project Officer expired on 28th February, 2017. The Search Committee will soon meet to  go through the applications received and proceed with interviews for the short-listed candidates.

    GHOSPA

    Representatives of GHOSPA and PSGH held meetings with both the Minister for Health and Minister for Employment and Labour Relations to present GHOSPA’s issues to them. Further engagements will continue with follow up meetings.

    Pharmacy Centre Project

    The scheduled meeting with the panel of architects to discuss and review the detailed drawings could not come off as planned. The meeting has therefore been rescheduled for this month.

    Appointment of Pharmacists

    The Society was pleased to receive news of the appointment of Pharm. Mrs. Delese Mimi Darko as the first female CEO of the FDA since its inception. I am in no doubt that she would  steer the affairs of the FDA to greater heights. Pharm. Mrs. Darko’s career as an accomplished regulatory pharmacist is evident in her standing among her peers globally and it is always a delight to watch her make presentations at conferences or respond to queries from conference participants. The PSGH would accord her all the support she needs to succeed.

    Another feather in the cap of LAPAG was the appointment of Pharm. Mrs. Mansa Nettey (nee Djaisi) who was appointed the first female CEO of Standard Chartered Ghana. Prior to her appointment, Pharm. Mansa Nettey was an Executive Director.  As then  Head of Global Markets, she was also the first female to be appointed as an Executive Director to the Board of Stanchart in December, 2014 in the 118 year history of the bank in Ghana. The PSGH wishes her well in her new role.

    We also wish to congratulate Pharm. Dr.  Fred Kyei Asamoah, who has been appointed as the Executive Director of Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET). Pharm. Dr. Fred Kyei Asamoah was a member of 2001 Pharmacy graduating class of KNUST and has since gone on to earn additional academic qualifications and distinguished himself in community pharmacy practice in the USA. As a practicing pharmacist in Ghana and abroad, his dedication and diligence have been features that set him apart. We wish him well in all his endeavours.

    The PSGH will continue to advocate for the appointment of more pharmacists in areas where pharmaceutical expertise is needed as well as into positions where pharmacists can make impact.

    Conclusion

    As we have barely one month to end the first quarter of 2017, I urge all of us to measure our progress by the goals we have set for ourselves, review our progress and make adjustments where needed.

    I wish to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy 60th Independence Day. As our beloved nation celebrates 60 years of nationhood let us re-commit ourselves to the principles of freedom, justice, patriotism, hard-work and every other admirable trait that contributes to the development of a strong, progressive state. Let’s march forward with God being our guide and guard and nothing shall be impossible.

    God bless you all.

    Pharm. Thomas Boateng Appiagyei,

    President