10th May 2019
I bring you special greetings from the Standing Executive Committee (SEC), the Governing Board (GB) and the National Secretariat of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana (PSGH).
The month of April will go down in the annals of the PSGH as another time in our professional existence when we set a national agenda for pharma-related issues. The just-ended Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Summit is getting discussed in many Ministries and Government Departments. In addition to the success story of the Summit, I wish to share with you some of the successes the PSGH has chalked in the past month. I will also share with you the milestones we aspire to reach before the expiration of my first term. I am hopeful, that we will have even more success stories to share as we go through the special season of Ramadan.
President’s Regional Tour
Earlier this year, I mentioned to you that we are faced with an interesting demography in terms of the membership of our Society. It is not farfetched to realize that the youth (who are between the ages of 23—38) make up the majority of the current membership of the PSGH. Colleagues, it is imperative that we find innovative strategies to constantly engage with this cadre of young pharmacists, to listen to them and deliberate on their concerns and engineer ways that the PSGH can contribute to dealing with their issues to engender their full cooperation and participation in activities concerning the Society. As part of the strategy to fan aflame a sense of pride and greater commitment in and among members, SEC has been unanimous in endorsing a Presidential Tour of all PSGH regional chapters. The first phase of this regional engagement will focus on the southern sector. In this month of May, expect to see me in Takoradi (Western Region) on the 20th, and then in Cape Coast (Central Region) on the 21st of May. My team and I will then be in Accra (Greater Accra Region) on the 22nd of May. Further details will be provided in my next letter to you.
I call on all Pharmacists to do their best to make a date with me and my team when we come to a townhall meeting near you.
Preparations towards 2019 Conference in Accra
The National Planning Committee for the #PSGHAGM2019 has met with both SEC and GB to spell out details for this year’s event.
As I mentioned in my message to you last month, this year’s conference – which will be held in Accra – promises to build on the successes of last year’s. The Planning Committee has already started its work, and I encourage our young and old Pharmacists to volunteer some of their time and resources in assisting the Planning Committee to execute another five-star conference.
This year’s conference will be under the theme Pharmacy in a Digital World and it will be held between 13th – 18th August at the University of Professional Studies Accra. I am particularly excited about the theme of the Conference as it is in sync with current and emerging trends in our profession. The content for this year’s event is unlike what we have experienced in previous years. I look forward to the engagement of the Planning Committee as they communicate the new-look AGM to all of you in the coming days and weeks. I hope to see you all at this year’s event, because #Accrawedey.
Scientific Conference on Ghana as a Pharmaceutical Hub
I wish to wholeheartedly doff my hat to the Secretariat of the PSGH as well as executives of the Industrial Pharmacists Association and the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association of Ghana for executing a world-class scientific conference themed Ghana As A Pharmaceutical Hub, the Way forward for National Development. A communique has been prepared from all the discussions that took place during the event, and I wish to assure you all that SEC will commit to ensuring that the roadmap that was agreed upon will be adhered to. The Ghana Pharmaceutical Sector Development Strategy (GPSDS) is a document that has come to stay, and we pledge our support to the Ministry of Planning, National Development Planning Commission (NDPC) and Government to ensure that there is smooth implementation of the activities outlined in the document.
Strategic Plan activities for 2019
Dissemination Meeting: Management Science for Health – Pharmacy Council – PSGH collaboration
As I mentioned to you in my previous communication, the PSGH collaborated with the Pharmacy Council to map pharmaceutical service delivery facilities in the Upper West Region. The mapping exercise has brought to light key issues in relation to access to pharmaceutical services. On the 22nd of this month, the Pharmacy Council and the Society, with support from MSH, will hold a stakeholders’ meeting at Alisa Hotel to discuss the findings of the project and chart a new path in promoting access to medicines and pharmaceutical services in deprived communities. Colleagues, the findings of this exercise have been incorporated into the model pharmacy concept.
As you may be aware, this activity has been ongoing for a very long time. With the feedback and comments received from you at last year’s AGM, we have engaged and done further work on this project to enable us move it forward. As part of my regional tour, the strategic plan team and SEC will have the opportunity to discuss into detail the model pharmacy concept and how together we can work with it to change the face of community pharmacy practice in Ghana and create opportunities for the future generation of young professionals. I will entreat all of you to come out boldly to share your views on this concept and provide the needed input as we work towards achieving our collective objectives. Again, the team will share with and discuss various aspects of the PSGH strategic plan to ensure that we update ourselves with the direction of the profession.
Colleagues, I would like to inform you that we have finally received the business registration and commencement certificates and other formal requirements for the PSGH Fund to take off. As part of my end of year welfare visitations it became apparent that there was a need to support each other and plan for the future. That is why it was exciting that we unanimously agreed to set up this fund to help all of us plan for not just our retirement but other unforeseen circumstances. The PSGH fund will be launched at the AGM this year.
However, in the course of the week, we will work with the fund managers and other stakeholders to discuss payment modalities so that we can start making our contributions into the fund.
Strategic Leadership and Career Development
Fellow apothecaries, as we work towards the transformation of our profession, I would like to inform you that, as part of the 2019 strategic plan activities, we have agreed to initiate strategies to provide support for strategic leadership and career development for members. It is also clear that to be able to multiply our impact in our various practice areas and places of work, there is a need to urgently work towards the development of our soft skills to complement our technical knowledge. A team has been tasked to develop the plan so that we can together work towards the development of these needed skills for the 21st century Pharmacists. We have also tasked the team to identify key persons in organizations and practice areas so that support can be extended to them to deliberately develop their leadership skills for future strategic engagement. We have already started the mentoring program with AREPI and would like to charge all of you to get involved and receive the needed skills to drive the change we all strive to see.
I want to take this opportunity to once again wish all of us a Happy Ramadan and to thank you all for your support and cooperation so far. I look forward to engaging with you further during my regional tour.
God bless you all.
Pharm. Benjamin Kwame Botwe,