‘Medicine Abuse Can Cause Disability’

DR. Ohene Buabeng, head of the Department of Clinical and Social Pharmacy at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, has cautioned that though medicines cure, mitigate and manage diseases, they could cause permanent disability or even death if not appropriately applied.

He indicated that significant savings could be made, and wastage avoided, if drugs were safely and rationally used for the benefit of patients.

Dr. Buabeng was speaking at the launch of the Pharmacy Students’ Federation Drug Safety Campaign on the theme: “Improving the Lifestyle of the Ghanaian Through Rational Use of Drugs and Healthy Lifestyle”, at Koforidua.

He said “The indiscriminate use of anti-effective agents has contributed to the loss of efficacy of such important agents in the health system.”

Dr. Buabeng noted that the indiscriminate use of antibiotics in livestock farming and aquaculture has led to “antibiotic residues in meat, chicken and tilapia”.

He called for urgent, pragmatic and implementable policies to control and prescribe the use of antimicrobial agents, and urged the Ghana Pharmaceutical Society and other health professional groups to intensify public education on responsible use of such agents.

Dr. Buabeng appealed to students of the department to support government and stakeholders to promote the health sector.

From David Kodjo, Koforidua

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