Pharmacy operators receive training on best practices

A total of 105 over-the-counter medicine vendors (OTCMS) in the eastern region received training to strengthen their role in the health care delivery system.

OTCMS, pharmacy operators in Yilo Krobo, Upper Manya Krobo and Lower Manya regions updated their knowledge to ensure they are operating in accordance with best practices of Ghana Health Service (GHS) and Pharmacy Council .

They were also tasked with referring their clients whose medical conditions were beyond them to the nearest health facility in their operational areas.

The three-day training program was organized by the Japan Organization for International Cooperation in Family Planning (JOICEFP), a non-governmental organization (NGO), with support from TAKEDA, a pharmaceutical company in Japan.

Some of the topics covered included mother and child issues as well as family planning to enable them to better educate their clients.

Others were communication on social and behavioral change to improve insecticide-treated bed net use, teenage pregnancy and its complications, alcohol, drug and substance abuse, general protocols and COVID-19 prevention guidelines.

Best health practices

JOICEFP Country Director Mr. Emmanuel Obeng, in his closing remarks, noted that OTCMS is now part of the medical system; hence the need to equip them with relevant knowledge and skills to enable them to operate in accordance with the best practices of the SGH and the Pharmacy Council, the regulator.

He urged participants to submit regular reports to GHS regarding the number of contraceptives they sold and the referrals they made, which would serve as a tracking tool for the GHS and share what they had. learned with those who patronized their products and educated them about sexuality. reproductive health.

The main facilitator of the training, Ms. Rebecca Onyame, highlighted the need for OMTCS to refer pregnant women to antenatal clinics so that they can come to clinics at least four times before giving birth for detection. early pregnancy abnormalities, treatment and rapid referral to hospitals if necessary.

She stressed the importance for women who have given birth to come to the postnatal clinic after 48 hours for the first time, the second after seven days, and the third after 40 days or six weeks.

Ms. Onyame also highlighted the need for OTCMS to refer sexually active adolescent girls to the Family Planning Unit for counseling, saying this would go a long way in reducing the high maternal mortality rate in the region.

A participant, Ms. Ramla Carboo, on behalf of her colleagues, thanked the organizers for the training and pledged to put into practice what they had learned for the benefit of their clients.

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