Accra, June 6, 2024 — The Deputy Minister for Health, Hon. Mrs Adelaide Yaa Agyeiwaa Ntim has stated that the PSGH’s SEAPS project complements existing government healthcare initiatives, particularly the recently launched Implementation Guidelines for the Networks of Practice (NoP) by the Ghana Health Services (GHS).

According to the deputy minister, the NoP initiative focuses on building a sustainable primary healthcare (PHC) model that supports universal health coverage (UHC). The SEAPS project’s alignment with the NoP ensures a unified approach towards enhancing the accessibility and quality of primary healthcare services across the country. The initiative, aimed at transforming the role of pharmacists and pharmacies within Ghana’s healthcare system, seeks to improve access to essential pharmaceutical services, particularly in underserved communities.

Empowering Pharmacists and Expanding Services

Key to the SEAPS initiative is providing financial and technical support to pharmacists. This support will enable the establishment of new pharmacies and the expansion of existing ones, particularly in underserved areas. Additionally, SEAPS aims to introduce technological solutions to streamline pharmaceutical care and create efficient referral pathways between different levels of healthcare. The initiative positions pharmacists as essential players in the healthcare system, capable of offering comprehensive medication management and primary care services.

Integration with Wellness Centres

The deputy health minister highlighted the potential of integrating community pharmacies into the national network of “Wellness Centres.” These centres, leveraging the widespread presence and accessibility of community pharmacies, can serve as convenient points of care. By extending operational hours and offering preventative health measures, consultations, and health education, these centres aim to foster a proactive approach to health within communities.

Addressing Complex Health Needs

Ghana faces a dual burden of communicable and non-communicable diseases, increasing the demand for primary care services. Pharmacists, with their extensive training in medication therapy management, are uniquely positioned to address these needs. The SEAPS project is expected to harness this potential, providing a scalable solution to bridge the gap in healthcare delivery and ensure that essential services are within reach for all Ghanaians.

Collaborative Healthcare Delivery

The minister underscored the importance of collaborative, team-based healthcare delivery to address the public health challenges facing Ghana. By integrating pharmacists into primary healthcare teams and leveraging their expertise in medication management, the SEAPS project aims to enhance patient outcomes, reduce healthcare costs, and improve overall public health.

Commendation and Call to Action

Commending the PSGH for their visionary leadership, the Minister called on all stakeholders to support the SEAPS initiative. He emphasized the critical role of pharmacists in the healthcare system and urged for a collective effort to ensure that every Ghanaian has access to high-quality pharmaceutical services.