By Bertha Badu-Agyei, GNA
Akwadum, Sept 4, GNA - The Pharmacy Technologists Association of Ghana (P-TAG) has appealed to government to take the necessary steps and enforcement measures to mount B-Tech programme in Pharmacy Technology in the Technical Universities to allow them progress in their career.
They also called on government through the Ministry of Health and the Ghana Health Service to change the job title of members from technicians to technologists to reflect the new status of those who had upgraded or employed with the technologists academic grade.
Speaking at the opening of the 7th annual General Conference of the Association at Akwadum near Koforidua, the President Reverend Pharmtech Richard Kugre Gubillah also appealed for review of salary entry point to level 17 and amendment of the Pharmacy council act for the Ministry of health to define them as pharmacy technologists and not technicians.
According to the President, the lack of such programme at the technical universities which hitherto offered the diploma programmes in the same area was a matter of concern as far as their career progression and salary grading were concern adding “we are technically biased and want to continue our career or profession at the technical universities and not the traditional universities”.
He explained that pharmacy technologists were advanced professionals of the pharmacy technicians and that they performed a critical role in the health service provision chain by dispensing drugs to clients at the various levels of healthcare and therefore must be accorded their rightful place in the scheme of affairs.
Professor Marcel Bayor, Department of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) said the pharmacy technologist were trained by the then polytechnics and they were doing well so there was the need for the B-Tech programme to enhance their career progression at the technical universities.