A senior pharmacist, Mr. Anthony Agyapong, has urged Ghanaians to have confidence and patronise locally manufactured pharmaceutical products since that would be the only way to help build a more resilient economy.
In an interview with Kwabena Agyapong on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, he said, pharmaceutical companies like Ernest Chemist, Kinapharma, Tobinco, Entrance and other pharmaceutical companies are not only in the distribution of foreign drugs for what we all know them for, but are now into the manufacturing of drugs.
The quality of drugs manufactured in Ghana he explained are efficient, effective and of high quality due to the strict enforcement of regulations championed by the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA).
He described the FDA as the finest in the sub-region due to the professionalism they attach to their work, and for that matter, the standard of producing quality products for the health of our people cannot be compromised in any way,’ he added.
Ghana he stressed could become the world’s leading manufacturer of drugs should citizens patronize locally manufactured drugs not forgetting the investment by government in that regard, he said.
He said, ‘’going forward lets help government create an enabling environment for all the certified pharmaceutical companies to enter into full time manufacturing to create jobs for the ordinary Ghanaian.’’
He expressed his thought that, “pharmaceutical companies have the tendency of employing more Ghanaians than most of the sectors, because normally there are into four compartments in the pharmaceutical sector that’s; the formulation, packing, packaging and distribution”.
He concluded by urging government to provide incentives for pharmaceutical companies who are into manufacturing in our country to boost production level.
By: Kwakye Emmanuel (Intern, Rainbow Radio)