Ghana has observed the 2016 World Pharmacist Day, with an advice to Ghanaians to get their personal pharmacist whom they can call on at any time for counselling and health information.
Mr. Thomas Boateng Appiagyei, president of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana (PSGH), who launched the day in Accra said it was necessary as the role of pharmacists has evolved from that of a provider of medicines to that of a provider of care.
“Pharmacists have a vital role in the outcome of pharmacological therapies and ultimately strive to improve patients’ quality of life,” he said
Mr.Appiagyei, said the association choose to celebrate its day with pupils in order to encourage personal hygiene at the grassroot.
He said this year’s celebration was centred on infectious diseases as worms infestations was key among pupils.
“We want the public to know that the pharmacist is a repository of knowledge as far as drugs are concerned hence the need for them to contact the pharmacist for all their drug needs,” he said.
He said the PSGH was willing to provide any assistance towards a swift resolution of the pending concerns of GHOSPA to ensure an immediate resumption of pharmaceutical services in public health facilities.
He further appealed to the public to bear with the GHOSPA as they have gone far with the negotiations and would soon resume work.
World Pharmacists Day is celebrated to promote and advocate for the role of the pharmacist in improving health in every corner of the world.
This year’s World Pharmacists Day which falls tomorrow is on the theme “Pharmacists: Caring for you”.
This year’s theme was chosen to reflect the important role of pharmacists in providing care to the public, and also to highlight the emotional connection they have with their patients.
By Linda Naa Deide Aryeetey