In the last quarter of 2023, the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) announced an impending job re-evaluation within the health sector. This initiative, communicated to various labour unions, aims to reassess job roles and ensure fair remuneration across the board. In anticipation, members of the Government and Hospital Pharmacists Association (GHOSPA) and the Pharmacy Technicians Association of Ghana (PTAG) have taken proactive steps to prepare for the all-important exercise.

GHOSPA, an umbrella union for pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, engaged the Centre for Business Transformation (C4BT), a labor consultancy firm, to provide a specialized training program for its members. The four-day intensive training workshop, held from May 13th to 16th, 2024, at the PSGH Secretariat, equipped a select group of 23 pharmacists and 15 pharmacy technicians from across Ghana with the necessary knowledge and skills to navigate the job re-evaluation process.

The training program attracted participation from pharmacists at various levels, from entry-level positions to consultants. The President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana (PSGH), Pharm Dr. Samuel Kow Donkor, and the incumbent Director of Pharmaceutical Services at the Ghana Health Service, Dr. Dominic Otchere, visited GHOPSA to grace the sessions with their presence and provide morale support.

GHOSPA expressed their gratitude to all the volunteers who participated in the training and commended their commitment to the cause. The union is confident that the knowledge gained will empower their members to effectively advocate for their rightful placement during the official job re-evaluation.