The founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Kama Group of Companies says, for ten years now, he has observed with grave concern that some spiritual and prayer camps in the country are abusing some drugs, especially valium.
According to Dr. Michael Agyekum, some pastors are giving out “Holy” water to lunatics containing valium to make the patients sleep.
The effect of this unprofessional behaviour according to the Dr. Agyekum has the tendency to destroy the brain cells of the patients which worsens their plight.
The veteran pharmacist believes that this act is not right and unprofessional and advises them to contact professional pharmacists.
He is therefore calling on the Ministry of Health and the Food and Drugs Board (FDB) to open investigations into their activities to clamp down on these charlatans.
Dr. Agyekum expressed this concern at a seminar organized by the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) branch of the Ghana Pharmaceutical Students’ Association (GPSA) as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations.
The Kama boss also advised the Faculty to revive its defunct Chemistry laboratory which was to serve as research center to the WHO to test for the wholesomeness of drugs, food and water.
Three other speakers took turns to address the solicitous student pharmacists.
A senior lecturer at the Faculty, Professor M.L.K Mensah, who represented the Dean of the Faculty, Professor T.C. Fletcher as chairman disclosed that plans are underway to make the PharmB 6 years which students will be awarded with PharmD upon completion. He, however, said the Faculty is awaiting final approval from the academic board of the university.
The former Dean of Students allayed fears and assure students that two years top up programmes would be introduced so that students who have PharmB would not have to start from first year if they want to pursue the PharmD Degree.
The president of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana (PSGH) and Head of the Pharmaco Vigilant Unit and alumnus of the Faculty, Mr. Alex Dodoo underscored the need for pharmacists to shift from product to patient based system.
In a speech read on her behalf, Mrs. Akua Amartey the regulator at FDB applauded the KNUST College of Heath Sciences for churning out about 85% of pharmacists in Ghana. She advised student pharmacists to seize all opportunities that come their way and take advantage of them.
As part of its 50th anniversary, executives of GPSA organized a float in the university. Mr. Kofi Dughan, Vice president of the association said the programme was put together to sensitized student on the effective use of drugs.
Focus fm, KNUST