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[e-drug] Community service for young pharmacists (cont'd)

  • From: Francis Aboagye-Nyame <GNDP@ighmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 9 Feb 2000 08:45:24 -0500 (EST)

E-drug: Community service for young pharmacists (cont'd)

An E-drugger asked me to clarify some issues in my earlier message:

"What was/is the shortage of Pharmacists in the Public Sector in

Prior to 1988 there were about 70 pharmacists serving in the public
health sector with about 600 outlets. The introduction of the
programme probably assisted in boosting the number to the current
figure of about 230 serving pharmacists which is still not enough to
fill the proposed establishment of about 800. About 80 new
pharmacists join the service each year and about the same number
leave each year.

"because service conditions were altogether not good, it did not help
the morale of the young professional"
Was this due to location, lack of facilities, shortage of medicines?
Were you able to select your place of internship or merely assigned to
an area?

Principally poor service conditions refers to very low levels of
remuneration in the public sector. Ghana has a very good level of
availability of medicines in both the public and private sectors. It is
possible to select your place of internship and indeed interns are given
the opportunity to state their preferred location before the assignment
is done by the Pharmacy Council.

"Some of us who were literally forced to stay in the public service"
What factors caused this "forced" retention?

The policy in Ghana related to the fact that a recently qualified
pharmacist was not allowed to superintend a private pharmacy until 3
years after completion of internship and registration as a pharmacist.
This directive was issued by the Pharmacy Board (now Pharmacy
Council) in consultation with the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana.
The aim, as indicated earlier, was to help boost the numbers of
pharmacists in the public sector.

Francis Aboagye-Nyame
Deputy Programme Manager
Ghana National Drugs Programme
Ministry of Health
P. O. Box MB-582

Tel/Fax: (233)-21-664309
E-mail: gndp@ighmail.com

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