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Today is World Pharmacists Day. It is a day meant to highlight the role of pharmacists in ensuring patients’ safety through responsible supply and use of medicines. The theme for this year’s celebration is: “Pharmacists: Your Medicines Experts”.
To commemorate the day, the Ministry of Health (MoH) in collaboration with the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana (PSGH), launched various activities to raise awareness about the responsibility of pharmacists and what the public should expect from practitioners.
The Deputy Minister for Health, Hon. Kingsley Aboagye-Gyedu, addressing the media, urged pharmacist to put in their very best to meet and address the needs of citizens who needed their services.
The President of PSGH, Mr. Benjamin K. Botwe, quoting figures from the World Health Organisation (WHO), said that globally, more than 50 percent of all medicines are prescribed, dispensed or sold inappropriately, while 50 percent of patients fail to take them correctly.
This, according to Mr. Botwe, require more pharmacists to ensure effective use of medicines.
PSGH is a member of the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP).
Source: MoH PR Unit