Employ more pharmacy technicians – PTAG urges govt

• Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, Health Minister

• Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, Health Minister

The President of the Pharmacy Technicians Association of Ghana (PTAG), Prince Boateng has called on government to give financial clearance for Ministry of Health and other government institutions to employ its members.

According to Mr Boateng, the lack of financial clearance for its members to be employed had created a huge gap in the pharmaceutical service delivery, especially in the districts and other deprived areas.

“The situation has also left the pharmaceutical service in the hands of unskilled persons who are not able to perform as expected,” he added and appealed to the Director of Pharmacy at the Ministry of Health to speed up the process for the employment of its members.

Mr Boateng was speaking at the 8th Annual General Conference of PTAG organised here on the theme: “Responsible use of medicines, a tool for nation building.”

At the four-day conference, members of the association who were drawn from across the country received training on pharmacovigilence and the rational use of drugs.

Mr Boateng said it was necessary to ensure that skilled pharmacists were employed at hospitals to ensure that the right doses of medicines and right quality were administered.

He also called on the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) to employ services of pharmacy technicians to occupy the technical gap to enhance efficiency and reduce cost of medicines.

Speaking on the theme, Mr Boateng advocated the responsible use of medicines, adding that it was a key factor in managing healthcare financial cost.

He stated that it was worrying to note that a lot of the youth in the country were engaged in Tramadol abuse and called on members to ensure that people were responsible in using medicines.

Mr Boateng entreated his colleagues to put to good use the knowledge acquired at the conference and actively join the fight against irrational drug use especially Tramadol abuse, adding that it would ensure a country full of healthy people for nation building.

Professor Christian Agyare of the Department of Pharmaceutics, Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), for his part revealed that, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) more than half of patients do not take their medicines appropriately.

He said there was the need to ensure that people use medicines correctly to avoid greater amount of harm that came with using medicines incorrectly.

Dr Daniel Amaning Danquah, a Deputy Registrar at of the Pharmacy Council, noted that abuse of medicines was a crucial global problem with dire consequences that were wasteful and harmful, stating that pharmacy technicians could contribute to ensuring that medicines were rightly used if they pay greater attention to patient-centered care and ensured that they were professional in executing their duties.

FROM AMA TEKYIWAA AMPADU-NYARKO, KOFORIDUA

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