Medicine Counter Assistants urged to sharpen their skills

The Deputy Registrar of the Pharmacy Council, Dr Daniel Amaning Danquah has emphasised on the need for pharmacists and Medical Counter Assistants (MCA) to further their studies in their career.

He said such necessary training and sharpening of skills was necessary to ensure efficient healthcare delivery in the country.

Dr Danquah was speaking at the Annual General Meeting of the Association of Medecine Counter Assistants Ghana (AMCAG) held in Accra on Saturday in Accra.

It was on the theme “Health Delivery in the Pharmacy, The role of MCA”. Participants were drawn from the membership of the association across the country.

The National President for AMCAG, Mr Constant Abbey, in his welcome address,  said the association in the past one year had made a lot of progress in the mobilisation and dealings with the Pharmacy Council.

Underlying certain roles of the medical counter assistants, he said the MCAs were responsible in helping the pharmacists label medications before dispensing them to patients as well as the cleanliness of the pharmacy.

“Our role is to be a support staff for the other members of the Pharmaceutical Health Care Team and also trained in handling of Over-The-Counter (OTC) medicines”.

Mr Abbey noted the participants about their 10th anniversary which would be held next year.

He also indicated that the plans to have national office for the association were far advanced and commended the addition of Eastern Region to the inaugurated regional branches.

Head of the Clinical Laboratory of the Ghana Health Service, Mr Mills Papoe, said the service was committed to helping AMCAG and other pharmaceutical health care providers in quality service delivery.

The Member of Parliament for Klottey-Korley Constituency, Hon Zanetor Agyemang Rawlings climaxed the workshop by unveiling the anniversary cloth of the association.

She called for the needed support and encouragement from the citizenry, so the association continues to work harder.

The MP appealed to the government on the association’s behalf to have them added on the GHS payroll.

There were other lively activities including distribution of items to participants and games with winners taking some prizes home.

By Yunusah Essandoh

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