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Asantehene urges pharmacists to stick to professional ethics

By
Kwabia Owusu-Mensah GNA

Kumasi, Aug 02, GNA – The Asantehene, Otumfuo
Osei Tutu II, has urged pharmacists to stick to professional ethics in their
practice.

They needed to show deep sense of morality,
honesty and sincerity in the discharge of their responsibilities.

He said patients in their vulnerable moments
of ill-health placed their faith, hope and belief of getting well in the
quality of service rendered by pharmacists, adding that, they should not be
betrayed.

This required that they practiced with high
sense of integrity, competence and demonstrated increased depth of knowledge in
medicines and health

Otumfuo Osei Tutu, made the call at the
opening of the 2017 conference of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana (PSGH) in
Kumasi.

The six-day conference is under the theme
“harnessing opportunities in the pharmacy for national economic development”.

The Asantehene denounced the creeping situation
where professionals  placed monetary
benefits ahead of the greater good of service and challenged pharmacists to
provide service with utmost “humanity, honesty and fidelity to their call”.

He stressed the need for them to take
advantage of globalization and technological changes in the world and
identified themselves with the changes in the pharmaceutical industry in order
to survive.

He said participatory democracy had empowered
all citizens and raised new levels of awareness and consciousness of rights.

This placed greater burden on pharmacists who
were experts in medicines to also advance further to improve, retain the trust,
and exceed the expectations of patients in the highly enlightened society.

The Asantehene called for the pharmaceutical
society to take lead role in unifying and creating a rallying point for not
only groups in pharmacy but reach out to other health professionals to create
common body to address differences and challenges in the health sector.

Mr. Kwaku Agyeman Manu, Minister of Health
appealed to pharmaceutical businesses to come together and consider the
opportunity of building large sustainable businesses, which would not only
solve the nation’s pharmaceutical problems but also contribute significantly to
economic development.

He said quality health care which was
accessible and affordable was the priority of the government and that was why
it had introduced a number of interventions to improve the sector.

He encouraged them to make optimal use of the
opportunities created by the government to expand and create jobs.

Mr. Thomas Boateng Appiagyei, President of
PSGH, said a 10-year strategic plan had been developed for the society to
position it firmly to make meaningful contribution to national development.

He said the strategic plan was anchored on
four key strategic pillars – patient centered care or practice, improving the
efficiency and effectiveness of pharmacists, improving access to medicines and
strengthening the PSGH support through key stakeholder engagements.

GNA

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