The Pharmacy Technicians Association of Ghana as part of marking its 14th Annual General Conference appeals to the government to consider the plight of Health Workers in the next Salaries and condition of services negotiation come 2024.
Mr. Richard Ofosu Addai, PTAG-National President while delivering his speech in Wa, Regional Capital of the Upper West Region, on August 31, 2023, revealed that many experienced health care professionals continue to leave the shores of Ghana to seek greener pastures elsewhere in the world adding that, members of PTAG too are affected by the development accentuating that PTAG members are not getting the desired remuneration and the opportunity to progress in their career.
“Mr. Chairman, many experienced healthcare professionals continue to leave the shores of Ghana to seek greener pastures elsewhere in the world. This is no less in the case of Pharmacy Technicians working in Ghana, as members are not getting the desired remuneration and the opportunity to progress in their career. We call on the Government to consider the plight of health workers as we go to negotiate salaries and conditions of service come 2024, and intervene in getting a clear career progression for members. We believe this may help in mitigating this brain drain” he stated.
The PTAG President further bemoaned the usage of untrained practitioners at some health facilities especially private hospitals adding that, there are a lot of unemployed qualified Pharmacy Technicians waiting on the government to employ them hence his plea to government to begin to recruit the highly trained professionals to provide the needed services to the Ghanaian public.
“The practice of Pharmacy requires the needed skills and expertise. However, we have observed over the years that a number of health institutions, especially private hospitals and pharmacies provide pharmaceutical services to the Ghanaian public without trained practitioners in the field of pharmacy. This is dangerous and must be looked at critically. While these institutions are using unqualified persons to provide pharmaceutical services, there are a lot of qualified Pharmacy Technicians who are unemployed and waiting on the government to employ them. Mr. Chairman as we call on the government to begin to recruit these highly trained professionals to provide the needed services to the Ghanaian public, we also call for the need to employ Pharmacy Technicians in these private facilities”.
He further call for the opening of the educational horizon for Pharmacy Technicians to also further their education and upgrade themselves to bachelor, masters and specialty levels.
“The Pharmacy Technicians program has evolved. As such, it cannot be said that, Higher National Diploma graduates continue to be support staff, without any academic upgrade for them. Elsewhere in the world, the Pharmacy Technician training programme progresses to the bachelor’s, master’s level as well as specialty levels. It is about time the training institutions and the regulator come together to finalize on the appropriate progressive program for Pharmacy Technicians” he stressed.
Meanwhile, Dr. Damien Punguyiri, Upper West Regional Director of Health Services in his speech assured members of PTAG of his office commitment in supporting the activities and practices of PTAG members in the Upper West region.
He also expressed his gratitude to leadership of the Association for selecting Upper West Region among the lot to grace the Association’s 14th Annual conference.
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