Give Us Seat On Pharmacy Council – PTAG

The Pharmacy Technologists Association of Ghana (PTAG) is demanding for a representation on the pharmacy Council in order to build a cohesive body that will supervise quality pharmaceutical care. According to the president of PTAG, Rev. Richard Kugre Gubillah, the Pharmacy Council had over the years behaved as the bona fide property of only one professional grouping. “The council is not being there for us all. We need and demand for the composition to be all inclusive so members should have representatives in the board for their interest,” he said. Rev. Gubillah, who was opening the 3rd annual general conference of PTAG in Accra, said the group had been in practice for over 30 years without recordings any misconduct from its members; however, they do not have anyone to look out for their interest on the Pharmacy Council. “The Nurse’s profession, of all categories, look up to the Nurses and Midwives Council of Ghana for licensing, Medical Officers look up to the Ghana Medical and Dental Council, Medical Laboratory group has the Allied Health professional Council, where will the pharmacy technologist go to be licensed in order to practice his or her profession,” he asked. He therefore called on the Minister of Health to look at the composition of the board, licensing authority of the board and its necessary influence in directing and controlling polytechnics in this country which are running Pharmaceutical Technology Programmes. The president of PTAG advocated for members of the association to be appointed and promote in various health institutions they find themselves as it would go a long way to enhance member’s welfare and make them contribute to better performance at the workplace. Rev. Gubillah, said the group were the worse rated in terms of salary grading in the (SSSS)adding that appeals made to the Fair Wages and Salaries Commission (FWSC) had yield no serious response. “While we have pledged to ourselves not to take the health needs of Ghanaian to ransom, it is expected that the FWSC treat us fairly as their name implies,” he said. He furthermore called on government and the Kumasi Polytechnic to act promptly to prevent B Tech Pharmacy Technology Programme from being run down. He said the programme which used to be one of the best the polytechnic ran from the 1980s through to 2004 had died out, without sign of it being resurrected.