Make Ghana a pharmaceutical manufacturing hub, Minister urges industry players

By
Dennis Osei Gyamfi, GNA

Accra, Dec. 11, GNA – Mr Alan Kyerematen, the
Minister of Trade and Industry, has called the Ghanaian pharmaceutical
manufacturing industry to make the country a manufacturing hub in West Africa.

“From the view point of being a competitive or
comparative hub for manufacturing, I think we are convinced that we can develop
Ghana into a new manufacturing hub, but there are certain critical requirements
that will determine whether we succeed or fail as the manufacturing hub for
West Africa,” he said.

Mr Kyerematen was speaking at the Maiden
Fellows’ Ball organised by the West Africa Postgraduate College of Pharmacists
(WAPCP) – Ghana Chapter and Ghana College of Pharmacists (GCP) held under the
theme: ” Medicines and Wealth Creation: Making Ghana the Hub of
Pharmaceuticals production”.

The Minister said the existing manufacturing
capacity has made Ghana the second most vibrant manufacturing sector in the
whole of West Africa.

He said 70 percent of pharmaceutical products
used in the country were imported adding that this is worrying and should be
addressed by enhancing the manufacturing capacity to be able to meet the demand
for pharmaceutical products in the country.

“Local production also constitutes about
33 per cent of all the national essential medical requirement this means that
we already have the capacity to supply a significant part of our national
requirement,” he said.

Mr Kyerematen said for Ghana to achieve this,
it is important for the country to have a good health care system adding that
government has laid down plans to ensure a good health care system including
improving on the National Health Insurance Scheme.

Pharmacist Oscar Cofie Bruce, President of the
WAPCP – Ghana Chapter, said the ball was an opportunity for fellows of both
institutions to have fun, socialize and reflect on making the industry better.

“This ball is intended as a balm to
soothe the pain that fellows may have carried as a result of hard work over the
past one year,” he said.

Professor Eric Woode, President of the GCP,
commended fellows for their hard work throughout the year and urged them to do
more in the coming year.

The event was attended by fellows of the two
institutions, their families and friends as well as other diplomats, whilst the
GCP also introduced its pioneer members.

The WAPCP is a professional college
commissioned through an ECOWAS Protocol (A/P2/7/87) to advance the knowledge
and skills of practising pharmacists and also to assist in the harmonization of
pharmacy practice and regulation within the sub region.

The GCP was also established by section 84 to
113 of Act 833,2011 to provide specialist training in Pharmacy and related
disciplines.

Both institutions confer professional
qualifications on its fellows.

GNA

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