The President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana (PSGH), Pharm. Dr. Samuel Kow Donkoh accompanied by the Executive Secretary, Rev. Dr. Dennis Sena Awitty joined the Volta Regional Branch of the PSGH for their end-of-first quarter meeting at the Skyplus Hotel in Ho on Thursday, 30th March 2023.
The President prior to the meeting in the evening, took the opportunity to pay courtesy calls on both the Dean of the School of Pharmacy of the University of Allied Health Sciences (UHAS) and the Vice Chancellor of the same University.
The President commended the Founding Dean, Pharm. Prof. T.C. Fleischer for his dedication and commitment which led to the successful graduation of the first batch of Doctor of Pharmacy Graduates. The President was of praise for the Dean and UHAS for producing the best student at the Ghana Pharmacy Professional Qualifying Examination (GPPQE) in December last year.
The Dean expressed his appreciation to PSGH for the continuous support including annual donation of BNFs to students going out for their clinical year during the White Coat Ceremony. The Dean appealed to the PSGH to encourage more young lecturers to join the faculty to improve upon teaching and learning.
The President raised the issue of the number of students that are admitted annually by the various schools of pharmacy even though the infrastructure and human resource for training the students was inadequate. This, the President said may have a negative impact on the quality of pharmacists that will be produced.
The PSGH President was led by the Dean of the School to pay a courtesy call on the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Lydia Aziato. The Vice Chancellor thanked the PSGH President for their support to the University since its inception. She highlighted the fact that the Doctor of Pharmacy Programme was the star programme at UHAS. She appealed for more support for the School and specifically requested for an animal house which has become critical for the school to start postgraduate courses.
The visit was crowned with an evening with the PSGH Volta Regional Branch. Despite the downpour, members were at the plush Skyplus Hotel by 7:30pm. The members were joined by Prof. T.C. Fleischer and Prof. Nathaniel N.O. Okine. The meeting was hosted by Pharm. Dr. Conrad Adjadeh, the Chairman of PSGH VR. Members came from as far as Kpando, Hohoe and beyond. The meeting had scientific presentations by Astrazeneca on Type II Diabetes Mellitus and the use of SGLPT specifically Dapagliflozin and Management of Asthma using Inhaled Corticosteroids in combination with Long-Acting Beta Agonists.
The President among other things encouraged pharmacists to enroll for the GLICO GROUP LIFE Insurance Scheme. He informed the members that PSGH was working with the GHOSPA leadership on the GHOSPA Conditions of Service. He encouraged members to pursue post graduate specializations at the Ghana College of Pharmacists.