The Ghana College of Pharmacists (GCPharm) held its 2022 AGM at the forecourt of the College in Ridge in Accra on Tuesday 29th June 2022. Coinciding with its 10th anniversary, the two-day meeting is being held on the theme: “Improving access to quality healthcare services through specialist pharmacist training.”

The GCPharm also took the opportunity to induct seven more members into the college, bringing its membership to 41.

The Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, in a speech read on his behalf at the opening of the conference in Accra yesterday, underscored the critical role of specialist pharmacists in delivering quality healthcare services and universal health coverage.

He said specialist pharmacists provided unique skill sets that were required in all aspects of healthcare delivery.

The thematic speaker for the day and Health Policy Analyst at the Ministry of Health, Dr. Mrs. Martha Gyansa-Lutterodt, said access to health services and health technologies, including medicines, was a basic human right, as enshrined in the Constitution of the World Health Organisation (WHO).

The PSGH president, Pharm. Samuel Kow Donkoh, in his address acknowledged the need for the GCPharm to be supported to deliver on their mandate. He pledged the continuous support of the PSGH.

Instituted by the Specialist Health Training and Plant Medicine Research Act, Act 833 of 2011, the college is mandated to, among others, promote specialist training in pharmacy and related disciplines, promote research in pharmaceutical practice and related disciplines and contribute to the formulation of policies on sound health, medicines and public health generally.