Ghana’s National E-Pharmacy Policy- An Overview

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Ghana’s digitization drive, spearheaded by H.E Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, Vice of President of the Republic, is geared towards making good use of the digitization revolution to develop and create a greater Ghana for all. Interventions and policies to arrive at this aim include the Mobile Money Interoperability, Digital Address System, Medical Drone Service, Online Passport Application, Paperless Port, Online Health Insurance Membership Renewal, Universal QR Code, National ID Card, among others. There are some others in the pipeline which include the cocoa, fishery and food crop sectors of agriculture being enrolled unto digital platforms to enhance marketability both home and abroad.

The newest of such digital policies by the government is the National Electronic Pharmacy policy and guidelines, thus the E-Pharmacy launched by the Vice president, H.E Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia on December 22, 2021. This is simply deduced as an electronic means of ordering and/ or purchasing prescribed drugs from credible pharmacies across the country. The E-Pharmacy is here by way of relieving citizens of some of the challenges in the country’s healthcare system.

The E-Pharmacy is considered an esteemed milestone for the country due to the numerous benefits it comes with. Top on the list of these benefits is the elimination of fake or counterfeit drugs from the system. Counterfeit drugs have become a social menace which is considered one of the major contributing factors to the numerous sicknesses and deaths in the country, and fighting it does not end at the borders of the country. That is why the E-Pharmacy with its guidelines for operations is here to tackle it too.

Clients from all parts of the country will now have the convenience of purchasing drugs via electronic means and have them delivered to their doorsteps. The citizenry will benefit greatly, especially the aged, disabled and those who reside alone. Clients will also get to engage with pharmacists before ordering for the drugs.

The E-Pharmacy policy also seeks to license and increase the number of practising pharmacists which is currently at 3,668, thereby creating more employment. This employment will not only be created in the pharmaceutical industry but also in the delivery service too, as more hands will be required to deliver the drugs on time.

Author: Jennifer Ofei

Jennifer Ofei is a freelance journalist.

 

 


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