Takoradi, Ghana – Dr. Akwasi Afriyie Achampong, the esteemed CEO of International Maritime Hospital, has been inducted as an Associate Member of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana (PSGH) at the just ended conference of the PSGH in Takoradi. This award, according to the certificate of membership presented to him, is “in recognition of his exceptional contributions to pharmacy education and practice in Ghana.”

A Remarkable Achievement

The Apothecary news can confirm that Dr. Akwasi Afriyie Achampong is the first person to receive such recognition. According to Article 3, clause II of the PSGH 2016 constitution, “Associate membership [of the PSGH] Shall be open to any person registered as a pharmacist in another country but not registered in Ghana and who has been admitted upon application, or Shall be open to all pharmacy graduates in Ghana who have obtained the necessary academic qualifications and are undergoing their pre-registration training programme or pursuing post-graduate studies.

Dr. Achampong was originally trained as a pharmacist but went on to train as a medical doctor. He is an Internal Medicine Specialist certified in New York and he is linked with multiple hospitals including Long Island Jewish Medical Center and South Nassau Communities Hospital. He is also a current member of the Xavier University School of Medicine Board of Trustees.

Transforming Pharmacy Education and Practice

The International Maritime Hospital, under Dr. Achampong’s visionary leadership, has played a pivotal role in advancing pharmacy in Ghana. It has become a hub for cutting-edge pharmacy education, research, and practice, offering opportunities for pharmacists to enhance their skills and contribute to improved healthcare delivery.

He is the Founder and President of Baldwin University College, the leading brand in training of Pharmacy technicians in the country. The school currently employs over 10 pharmacists in various capacities and produces around 50 Pharmacy technicians each year.  He is set to add the Doctor of Pharmacy Programme to the Baldwin University College academic Programmes, with a new ultramodern campus located at Dome Pillar 2. This will provide a centre of excellence for pharmacists in academia and research as well as train contemporary pharmacists.

In an interview with the Apothecary news, the newly inducted Associate Member of the PSGH said he is “looking for an avenue to contribute more to the advancement of pharmacy education and pharmacy practice in Ghana.” As a businessman, he is also exploring avenues to support the Pharmacy centre project at Spintex