Vice President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana (PSGH), Pharmacist Yvonne Yirenkyiwaa Esseku, has cautioned the general public on the usage and effects of drugs particularly from the drug peddlers as their activities are on the rise at lorry stations, markets and on the streets.
According to her, every drug is potentially poisonous and could be detrimental to patients if not taken and administered as prescribed by pharmacists.
Therefore, the public at all times needs to seek advice and better understanding for our safety.
She made these profound statements when the Greater Accra branch of the society together with Johnson and Johnson visited schools within the Osu Doku Circuit where they educated the kids on personal hygiene and the effects of drugs as part of activities in celebrating September 25, as the World Pharmacist Day.
Also, the society presented to the schools 600 exercise books, 1000 pens and two dustbins. A health walk that was staged by the pharmacists from the Danquah Circle to Osu market preceded the presentation.
Yvonne Yirenkyiwaa Esseku mentioned that schools are their targets because they want to change behaviour of the kids and inculcate in them drug awareness and their effects.
At the market, the sellers were educated about the activities of drug peddlers since they could easily be victims of drug complications as a result of their immobility to pharmacy shops.
Earlier on Friday, September 22, the two groups together with the Ghana Education Service educated school children of the LEKMA cluster of school at Teshie, on worm infestation and how to live a very hygienic lifestyle.
During the weekend, pharmacists across the country visited shopping malls and supermarket and educated the public on health conditions like diabetes, obesity and hypertension.
Meanwhile, the Circuit Supervisor of Education in the Korle Klottey constituency, Georgina Winifred Rabbles who received the items expressed delight about the kind gesture and assured that the children will live by the education given them.