A renowned Clinical Pharmacologists in the Central Region, Dr. Robert Inkoom, has called on all medicine experts to be up and doing to ensure that drugs or medicines have its proper usage and attain its full function. He encouraged other health personnel earlier on the Atlantic Wave Morning Show on ATL FM, UCC.
Speaking on the Local Issue segment of the Morning show, he indicated that sometimes medicines taken by patients or drugs in general do not have its full potency because of the various stages it goes through. He therefore explained that right from the consulting room, right through to the pharmacy, the wards, the dispensing room and the home amounts to 25% proficiency. He said that this makes it important for experts in medicine to be up and doing.
“The consulting room, right through to the pharmacy, to the wards where the nurses would administer the medicines and right to the home, all the efforts we put in, the things that we put in, only about 25% goes right. That makes it very important for us as experts of medicines, that’s the pharmacists to really be up and doing so that we will be able to safeguard the health and safety of the medicines we give to our populace” he stressed.
He further went on to explain that to completely execute all the instructions associated with medicines, it requires highly skilled professionals that are well motivated with the right frame of mind to be able to execute all the instructions that come with safely using a drug or medicine especially as an error could occur at any of the stages. He explained:
“Medicines are not ordinary items of commerce and so it requires highly skilled professionals that are well motivated with the right frame of mind to be able to execute all the instructions and the technicalities that go with the diagnosis, the instructions, the dispensing and finally the drug administration”.
The theme of this year’s World Pharmacists Day, which would be held on September 25 2019, is “Safe and effective medicines for all,” according to the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP). The theme aims to highlight the key role that pharmacists play in protecting patient safety through improved medicine use and reduced medication errors. Interestingly, as part of activities marking the celebration, the Pharmacy Association of Ghana, Central Region branch, would storm the Abura Market, a suburb of the Cape Coast metropolis for an education session on drug administration.
Dr. Robert Inkoom is a Clinical Pharmacologist at the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital, who is capped with a lot of experience.
BY: ONESIPHORUS OBUOBI