Minister of health, Kwaku Agyemang Manu, has assured Ghanaians that his ministry will be working on stabilizing the prices of drugs which has been a major concern for Pharmacists in the country.
‘‘The ministry in the coming months will be putting together a pricing policy through a consultative process review and it is our hope that you support the ministry such that together we try to roll out all the strategies we can craft to see how best we can solve this problem,’’ he said.
The Health Ministry has severally been petitioned by health practitioners to end the instability in prices of drugs, a cry which has proven futile for many years.
Mr. Agyemang Manu was speaking at the 2017 Annual General Meeting and Biennial Conference of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana which was held at the Great Hall of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi on Wednesday, 2nd August.
The sector minister in his address, also acknowledged the importance of external pharmaceutical companies in the country, adding that government is in full support of their operations.
‘‘Government is also aware that there are a number of external pharmaceutical businesses that provide pharmaceutical services. The role of these businesses is critical to our health existence. There are a number of critical lifesaving medicines which can only be supplied by these companies. It is therefore important that we acknowledge the presence of such companies in our country,’’ he added.
Under the theme ‘‘Harnessing Opportunities in Pharmacy for National Economic Development,’’ the conference is expected to bring to bear the opportunities in Pharmacy Practice and its impact on national economic development.
Nana Boakye Gad