Government health professionals have engaged proprietors, pharmacists and nurses in the pharmaceutical field in a meeting held at the YWCA, Conference hall at Brookfield’s in Freetown.
According to the Registrar of the Pharmacy Board, Wiltshire Johnson, the purpose of bringing them together was to discuss burning issues, to stop all illegal sale of unauthorized medication, especially medication that are supposed to be prescribed by a medical Practitioner and not to be sold over the counter.
He said the incidence of some pharmacies around the country, selling fake as well as illegal drugs over the counter is on the increase and this he stressed has to stop, as anyone caught in the trade will face the full force of the law.
Johnson maintained that presently, with the EBOLA outbreak, the life of the nation is at stake and in the hands of medical practitioners, both in the public and private health sector, and this is affecting all sectors of life.
He called on proprietors and health professionals of pharmacies around the country to always adhere to the rules and regulations of the pharmacy strategy document, if they are to do well in the business to save lives.
On the issue of the deadly Ebola, the Pharmacy Registrar cited a case in Kenema when a health professional did not comply, but went ahead to secretly treat a case of the killer virus.
Unfortunately the patient did not survive, and the health personnel including other staff of the pharmacy had to be quarantined because they were infected by the health personnel, who secretly treated the patient who did not survive.
Wiltshire Johnson called on pharmacists to be extra vigilant, and to be involved in education and sensitization together with the health ministry to defeat Ebola.
President of pharmaceutical Society, Major Tucker urged fellow pharmacist to report and refer all suspected cases, and encouraged that all those who enter pharmacies and other health facilities, must wash their hands with chlorinated water and soap, and do the same when leaving.
Director of Drugs and Medical supplies, in the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Bassie Turay commended pharmaceutical stakeholders for responding to the call, which is a national emergency.
In a somber mood, he described the Ebola virus as a difficult fight, and in this regard we should all be our brother’s keeper to manage the situation, as the virus is real and knows no borders.
Turay, assured stakeholders that government is committed and responsible, but cannot do it without the support of health professionals.
Statements including a presentation on the deadly virus were made by other pharmacy specialist on how the virus can be managed if proper prevention measures are taken.
By Ade Campbell
Wednesday July 30, 2014