By Cecil Mensah
The Anglican Dioceses of Accra in partnership the Scandinavian Pharmacists without Borders, Lady Pharmacists Association of Ghana (LAPAG) has embarked on an awareness campaign to educate the public on how to use medicines safely.
The project dubbed ‘’Promoting Safer Use Medicines in Ghanaian Communities’’: is expected to educate members of the church and the general public on what to do one suspects a medicine is counterfeit or substandard.
Taking the trainersthrough the rudiments of the types of medicines; it came to light that in Ghana medicines are classified into three, namely prescription only medicine, pharmacist medicines and over the counter medicines.
According to the trainers of trainers, this is so because medicines have a potential to cause harm, if used incorrectly or inappropriately hence the need to restrict some of these drugs use.
The exercise is expected to be replicated throughout the churches under the Diocese of the Greater Accra.
The trainees weretaken through how to teach members of the church to use medicines according to their instructions.
Speaking in an interviewafter a briefing to herald the sensitization workshop for the trainers attended by DrAppeaDekyira; Director –General of Ghana Health Service (GHS), Rev.Dr Daniel MensahTorto, Bishop of Accra Diocese said the church is organizing the exercise with the support of the
two institutions mentioned above.
He gave the assurance that the church will replicate the exercise in all churches under the diocese of Accra.
According to him, the Accra Diocese shares boundaries with the Eastern Region, Central Region and the Volta region and the exercise would be executed in all churches to educate members on the dangers of unsafe medicines.
He said the aim of the exercise is to promote safer use of medicines in the communities of the church.
He said the exercise is one of the programmes being rolled out by the church to educate and save lives.
He said research has shown that majority of the people who abuse medicine do so because of lack of education on the safety of medicines in the country.
He said the project is to support institutions like Ghana Health Service and other partners to educate members on the use of unsafe medicines.
The project according to him, forms part of the church’s social responsibility to awaken the public to ensure healthier church environment.
He therefore took the opportunity to encourage others do same by promoting safer medicine as majority of the medicines paraded on the market are unsafe.