A community of Pharmacists from the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana had on Thursday 15, August 2019 sensitized personnel of Ghana Armed Forces (GAF) on the role of pharmacist in giving proper medication to patients at the Burma camp, Accra.
The theme for the programme “Operation Storm” was aimed at bringing to the door step of the general public the role of the Pharmacist and the right way by which patients could access correct medication for their illness.
According to the programme coordinator, Major Adjei Tawiah, who doubled as a principal pharmacist at the Medical Directorate at Burma Camp, the programme forms part of the Society’s annual meeting by embarking on an outreach to propagate the role of the pharmacist throughout the region.
He added that this would help the lay man to understand the duties of the pharmacist and the right medication to take when they fall ill. He further stated that the public would get the opportunity to ask challenging questions which faces them daily.
Head of Anesthesia Pharmacy, Korle Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH) and resource person for the programme, Dr Sulias Patricia Bruce, spoke on the topic “Engaging your Pharmacist to optimize your drug use.”
She said that the rational use of medicine requires that the patient receive medication appropriate for their clinical needs for a period of time. She noted that it was advisable for patients to complete any medication given them by a doctor or a pharmacist for their total well-being. She added that if a patient react to any medication, it was advisable to seek swift response at the hospital.
She advised the public to consult the pharmacist before taking any particular medication. She added that the frequent use of antibiotics is not healthy to patients especially children.
She noted that patients with illness like diabetes and hypertension should monitor their blood pressure by having a blood pressure monitor at home. She continued that it would be of great benefit to the health of the general public if they exercise regularly, watch their diet, see the doctor or pharmacist regularly and also take charge of their lifestyle.
Opportunities were given to participants to ask questions baffling their minds on medication and on the general role of the pharmacist in health care delivery.