The Ghanaian government is to give local drug and medicine manufacturers more protection against foreign competition imports -- and is going to set up a herbal medicines school.
The Ghanaian government is to give local drug and medicine manufacturers more protection against foreign competition imports -- and is going to set up a herbal medicines school. The plane were revealed by head of state Colonel I.K. Acheampong, at the opening session of the four-day Thirty-Second Conference of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana in Accra on Thursday(August 2). In an address to the delegates he said the government would be prepared to take commercial protective action if local manufacturers could make the same drugs which are at present imported - but in sufficient quantity and of the same quality.
Government plans for the industry also included the formation of the Centre for Research into Plant Medicine, for which a principal had already been appointed, he said. It would open in the "near future".
The conference, held in conjunction with an exhibition of drugs, medicines and pharmaceutical products, was due to hear several professional lectures on a wide variety of technical subjects. The Society, formed in 1935, groups most of the country's manufacturing and allied industries; retail medicinal outlets; chemists; and medical and pharmaceutical schools.
SYNOPSIS: The Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana began its thirty-second conference in the capital, Accra, on Thursday -- and was told that government plans for the industry included commercial protection against foreign competition; and a new herbal medicines school. The plans were revealed by Colonel Ignatius Acheampong Ghana's head of state.
The President of the Society -- which groups almost all the country's pharmaceutical and medicinal activities -- introduced the four-day programme of events.
Major Anthony Selormey, Ghana's Commissioner for Health, was among the guests. The Society, formed in 1935, is one of the oldest professional bodies in Ghana.
Colonel Acheamponng formally opened the conference and told delegates the Government would after commercial protection to the local drug manufacturing industry against foreign competition -- provided it could turn out a sufficient quantity, and meet the same quality. And on herbal medicines, he said the government was about to open the Centre for Research into Plant Medicines -- for which a principal had already been appointed.
The conference was held in conjunction with an exhibition of pharmaceutical and allied products, opened by Health Commissioner Major Selormay. It reflected the rapidly-growing sophistication of the industry, which has seen marked changes in its administration and productivity in the past few years. The Society has also become increasingly involved in the training and schooling of technicians, chemists, teachers, and medical personnel. The four-day programme included a number of professional lectures on a wide variety of technical topics.
The Society recently launched its first magazine, designed to broaden communication and exchange ideas