“Banks must support the Community Pharmacies so they can continue to provide quality pharmaceutical care while paying their suppliers promptly to avoid dud cheques”
Ghana National Chamber of Pharmacy (GNCoP), Pharm. Harrison K. Abutiate for the great initiative and the Bank of Ghana team led by Assistant Director Dr. Kwasi Osei-Yeboah for the innovative approach to sensitizing and educating the pharmaceutical industry players on the Credit Reporting System put in place by law.Dr. Emmanuel Kwaku Ireland, National Chairman of the Community Practice Pharmacists Association (CPPA) was speaking at the just ended workshop on Credit Reporting System in Ghana organized by the Bank of Ghana (BoG) and the Ghana National Chamber of Pharmacy (GNCoP) at the Coconut Grove Regency hotel in Accra. He started his speech by acknowledging the Chairman of the
.He however, bemoaned that government who is the biggest buyer and creditor of the private pharmaceutical companies, cannot be captured by the credit reporting system. Dr. Ireland mentioned that CPPA is the largest practice group of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana (PSGH) and that Community Pharmacies are the last in the supply chain and for that matter play a very crucial role in making good quality, efficacious and safe medicines available to the community. Dr. Ireland added that the Banks must support the Community Pharmacies so they can continue to provide quality pharmaceutical care while paying their suppliers promptly to avoid dud cheques. By this, clients who are on medications for non-communicable diseases like hypertension, diabetes etc. would always have access to their medicines at affordable prices and live a longer quality of life.
Again, the community will also have access to pharmaceutical care even if it’s an emergency at night. Dr. Ireland said, the advantage here is that it will go a long way of improving the health seeking behaviors of our people. The National Chairman of CPPA mentioned that the discussion on credit referencing which is a system used in verifying an individual or business’ credit worthiness by the banks is a very important topic that needs a broader and national approach to afford all CPPA members the opportunity to participate in.
He concluded by promising to work with the hard working and well experienced Chairman of the GNCoP to organize such an important virtual meeting. In attendance were Pharm. Kofi Addo Agyekum and Pharm. Anthony Adjepong, National Executive Council Members of GNCoP, Pharm. Dr. Janet Bridget Aidoo and Pharm Dr. Vera Asante, National Vice Chairman and Executive member of CPPA respectively.
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