As part of strategic plan deliverables, one of PSGH leadership’s vision is to encourage more pharmacists to venture into the business of small-scale manufacturing of herbal and pharmaceutical products.

The PSGH has completed the training of pharmacists in skills acquisition in SSM. The first cohort of 25 has successfully completed their all-round training and signed off with a short ceremony held on Thursday 27th July 2023 at the PSGH secretariat.

The ceremony saw participants and preceptors share highlights of their experiences and how they (trainees) intend to utilize the acquired skills. Additionally, trainees and preceptors received certificates for their roles in the project.

The program leads extends their appreciation to Dr. John Arthur, a former president of the PSGH and a veteran in SSM, who shared invaluable insights on this venture. They are also grateful to Pharm. Mark Bekoe of Phersons Pharmacy, a renowned SSM unit in Accra, who mentored many participants and opened his facility for the training. The team is grateful to Pharm. Aileen Noamesi (Ulcerplex herbal), Pharm. Agatha Owusu-Nyamekye (KBTH Manufacturing unit, Pharm. Abu Sumaila (FDA), Pharm. David Addo (Curist Pharma, Darl chemicals Ltd), Pharm. Kwasi Poku Boateng (USP), Pharm. Dr. Vera Asante, Small Scale Manufacturers Association of Ghana (SSPMAG) and the Capacity & mentorship Committee of the PSGH, for their various roles for a successful program.

The President of the PSGH, Pharm. Dr. Samuel Kow Donkoh also shared his experiences in SSM in the early days of his career. He highlighted the business potential and particularly called on pharmacist to explore manufacturing of herbal products. According to him, pharmacists have the capacity to improve the quality of the herbal products on the Ghanaian market.

The president then officially launched the call for participants for the second cohort, to be done after the AGM.