The Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana (PSGH) has distributed Personal Protective Equipment (PPES) to COVID-19 treatment centres and 2000 community pharmacists in Ghana. This was disclosed to the media during a press conference on Tuesday, 14th July, 2020.
According to Mr. Benjamin Kwame Botwe , the president of PSGH, they recognized that community spread of COVID-19 would put a lot of stress on pharmacists, since community pharmacies are the first port of call for most people seeking healthcare, therefore, they launched appeal for support to help procure PPES to assist community pharmacists as most of them have had to procure for themselves and their staff.
He explained further that the initiative was to demonstrate support for and motivate the staff of community pharmacies who have become the real frontline for the COVID-19 with the exponential increase in cases with most of them being mildly symptomatic.
The items which included goggles, face shields, apron / gown and PSGH – branded nose masks were gotten from the contributions of pharmacies, pharmacists and pharmaceutical companies. Mr. Botwe commended all individuals and organizations who responded positively to support, especially Norvatis pharma who contributed immensely towards the appeal.
He lamented on the fact that, unlike what happens in other jurisdictions, community pharmacies have not been systematically factored into the official distribution of PPES. Therefore, he and the entire PSGH appealed to MOH and government to as a matter of urgency, consider community pharmacists and the pharmaceutical support staff in the provision of PPES.
They also called for the inclusion of all community pharmacies and their staff in the implementation of the directive given by the President, HE Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo – Addo on the tax exemption given to all healthcare workers.
Mr. Botwe concluded with an advice that based on the data, the next phase of the pandemic fight would have to leverage a lot of community engagement and education. He expressed their readiness to play their role in fighting the pandemic with the assurance that the risk to their members and their staff would be mitigated.