Dr. Abdul Razak, Deputy Health Director (Clinical Care) of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) in the Upper East Region has underscored the importance of pharmacovigilance and reporting of Adverse Drug Reactions (ADR).
Speaking at a regional public sensitization workshop organized by DKT International at Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region, he said, it is imperative patients report on ADR.
He said, pharmacovigilance education is paramount and key in healthcare delivery, and that improves efficiency and patients safety.
“Is key, is paramount to health and is one of the key pillars of monitoring patients.”
Per his words, pharmacovigilance forms part of key pillars of monitoring patients. “It enhances the effectiveness of monitoring of medication prescription; how they are used, when they are used and the brand to use.”
The regional education and sensitization by DKT is part of a national campaign to sensitize the public on family planning, the use of contraceptives and reporting on ADR.
According to him, in spite of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) training, the region has not experienced such an in-depth education and that commend DKT International to improve quality healthcare delivery in the region.
“It falls perfectly well within the healthcare quality policies of the GHS, is so in such a way that participants and all the health workers will leave here definitely with a significant level of understanding of Pharmacovigilance.”
He commended DKT for the public sensitization on family planning and contraceptive and the inclusion of health workers on ADR and pharmacovigilance.
He advised patients to keenly subscribe to reporting of uncomfortable reactions of adverse drug reactions.
He however urges other drug manufacturing companies to follow the precedent set to improve on their products.
Assistant Credit Manager for DKT Int. Mr. Godfred Kojo Ali expressed the importance to improve public health that, the training forms part of giving back to society.
“It forms part of our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), to contribute to quality healthcare delivery across the country, the main reason DKT embarked on this exercise.”
He believes the motive to improve quality healthcare, also sets the pace for the company to improve on its products.
DKT Int. Is the producers of family planning contraceptive products including Male condoms, Female condoms, Oral cont, Emergency contraception, Injectables (1 and 3years), IUDs (5 and 10 year), Implants, Foaming tabs, Syringes and among others.