The Doctor of Pharmacy Programme or PharmD as it is popularly called is a professional doctorate pharmacy programme that involves 6 years of training in an accredited institution which enables one to become a licensed pharmacist by the Pharmacy Council of Ghana (in this case) or an approved body (which is country specific) in order to work in the clinical space.
The PharmD students who graduate go on to write a licensure exam before being qualified to be posted for housemanship that usually lasts one year which is mandatory in order to work as a licensed pharmacist in Ghana.
However, the already arduous training journey has been fraught with extra hurdles such as lack of appointment letters and lack of remuneration for the past 7 months (thus for the current batch who started work on 24th January, 2022).
In fact, that has allegedly been the order of the day since the first graduating batch of 2018 PharmD houseofficers started work and both their appointment letters and salaries were delayed.
Speaking to Dr. Mizero Hope Florence and another PharmD houseofficer who chooses to remain anonymous, the following information below was gathered about the alleged situation on the ground –
- The current Doctor of Pharmacy Houseofficers were issued a letter from the Pharmacy Council concerning mandatory housemanship for newly qualified pharmacists in accordance with Section 85 and 86 of the Health Professionals Regulatory Bodies Act, 2013 (Act 857) that talks about the mandatory 12-month housemanship at accredited hospitals in Ghana for those who have completed their 6-year Doctor of Pharmacy Programme and passed the Ghana Pharmacy Professional Qualifying Examination. The letter further states that the registered pharmacists have been posted to do their housemanship from the 24th of January, 2022 to the 24th of January, 2023.
- Assurances were allegedly given by the Pharmacy Council that the appointment letters of the qualified pharmacists would be available soon but this has not materialized. Hence there does not seem to be any hope that the salaries would arrive soon since the appointment letters have not even been issued.
- According to my sources, there have not been interventions to provide stipends for the houseofficers in order to support them in their daily activities. The director of one institution allegedly says it is not possible for stipends to be given out because that would mean singling that group out which is not justifiable. Some institutions also started giving allowances but withdrew due to the lack of appointment letters meaning that the PharmD hosueofficers are technically not recognized by the institution they work for without these appointment letters.
4.The previous batch of PharmD houseofficers also allegedly struggled to get their appointment letters and also get paid but their appointment letters arrived before 7 months.
- PharmD house officers get appointment letters from Ministry of health with financial clearance from Ministry of Finance and are allegedly remunerated by the Controller and Accountants General’s Department (CAGD). It is alleged that some PharmD students were made to pay some amounts of money to ensure that their names appear on the Ministry of Health payroll.
- There has not been a strike by the houseofficers yet. The group has tried engaging bodies governing the pharmacy practice – Pharmacy council, Pharmaceutical society of Ghana and the young Pharmacists group. The pharmacy director in Ministry of Health was allegedly in attendance of previous meetings but not much has been done to alleviate their plight. The houseofficers were told that the situation was being worked on but no results have been seen so far.
- For foreign students/houseofficers, the PharmD houseofficers that belong to this group were allegedly informed by the Pharmacy council that they would receive no remuneration for the housemanship period since they are not Ghanaians. The foreign houseofficers were allegedly told that it is either they forget about being allowed to write their licensure exam alongside their housemanship training or they do their housemanship without pay.
- The job description of the PharmD houseofficer is the same as that of the clinical Pharmacist and the average PharmD houseofficer works for about 40hours per week with weekend and night shifts inclusive depending on the department in which one belongs to.
In my opinion, it is not only inhumane to force an individual to work without pay but it is also against the labour laws of Ghana.
Furthermore, the practice of allegedly forcing foreign PharmD hosueofficers to work without pay is unfair since foreign houseofficers (Medical Doctors) qualified to work in Ghana get paid for their work and this practice seems xenophobic. This practice is also against the labour laws of Ghana since Section 68 specifies that “Every worker shall receive equal pay for equal work without distinction of any kind and the law prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, sex, ethnic origin, creed, colour, religion, social, or economic status.”
Our pharmacists are torn between the devil and the deep blue sea when it comes to matters of them going on strike (aside being part of the essential workforce) because that would most likely extend their housemanship period for over a year which also has financial implications and there is also a possibility of being victimized and blackballed for those who would want to lead this fight.
As a concerned Medical Doctor, I empathize with our colleagues in the PharmD field because I know how it feels to have a 6-month salary delay and still being expected to show up every day for your patients.
I call on the Pharmacy Council of Ghana, Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Finance, Controller and Accountants General’s Department, Civil Society Organizations, Media Organizations and other authorities not mentioned but responsible for their remuneration or who could help with sharing their stories to listen to the plight of our pharmacists and ensure that they are paid their due because this all contributes to people in the health sector wanting to emigrate and once again, working without pay is inhumane.
Respectfully, it is time to pay the Piper once again.
By :Dr. Naa Adzoa Adzeley Boi-Dsane.
ONErpm launches two new entities, ONErpm Enterprise Solutions and OFFstep.com
ONErpm, one of the leading independent and forward-thinking music labels and distribution companies in the world, is proud to announce the launch of two new entities, bringing the total number of companies under its umbrella to five, with important changes to ONErpm’s core business.
The first, ONErpm Enterprise Solutions, is a Software as a Service (SAAS) platform that adapts ONErpm’s proprietary Content Management System (CMS) to cater to the unique needs of record labels and content owners seeking to grow more efficiently. This comprehensive administrative system streamlines digital distribution of music and videos and other essential day-to-day operations, including managing artist marketing campaigns; assigning work tasks to departmental employees; setting up payments; among other activities. The platform empowers companies to efficiently scale operations with transparency and has been a transformative factor for ONErpm since the inception of its CMS in 2019. Since then, ONErpm has experienced a more than fourfold increase in revenues and staff, largely due to economies of scale achieved.
“We want to partner with like minded companies who need the technology and tools we have developed and fine tuned over the years to take their business to the next level” adds CEO Emmanuel Zunz. “We see a need for this service as there are many interesting labels that might struggle to grow in an increasingly competitive environment where having robust tech will give them the competitive edge to succeed.”
The second company, OFFstep.com, which is Enterprise Solutions first project, is the group’s new DIY offering, where independent artists can upload and distribute unlimited releases for as low as $12 per year while retaining 100% of their royalties. At this price point, OFFstep offers the most affordable plan of its kind. As a result ONErpm will only partner with artists and labels with whom it has forged relationships, and, moving forward, DIY clients will be directed to OFFstep.
Throughout its evolution ONErpm shifted its focus toward offering bespoke solutions to artists and record labels and naturally became a full-service music label and distribution provider. With OFFstep, the company better caters to the needs of DIY customers in a way they have become accustomed to, at the most competitive price point. Upgrades to intermediate and advanced plans that unlock additional features and permissions are also available.
“Migrating ONErpm’s basic distribution service to OFFstep has been a long time coming, states Zunz. “For years we have invested in marketing personnel and built a global marketing infrastructure that can render services at scale while tackling the challenges of a constantly evolving digital market,” Zunz concludes.
With the addition of ONErpm’s publishing division introduced in 2022 and the company’s creative arm ONErpm Studios, that oversees recording and video production, ONErpm consists of five distinct entities, each with its unique focus and goals, yet that share synergies with one another.
Collectively the group provides a wider array of flexible and tailor-made services to various stakeholders in the music industry. This includes DIY artists embarking on their careers via OFFstep, emerging and established artists on a strong growth trajectory or record labels needing value-added services from ONErpm, and enterprises in different stages of development that need greater independence and flexibility leveraging ONErpm’s technology. Enterprise Solutions will also serve as a vehicle for strategic joint ventures with promising entities, as the technology can be combined with financial investments and marketing services.
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MTN implements price increase
Scancom PLC (MTN Ghana) has implemented an upward review of its voice and data prices by 15% for most of its products and services for both pre-paid and post-paid customers. The new pricing takes effect today, 28th November 2023. The price review impacts Voice, SMS, and Data as well as Fiber Broadband and Fixed Wireless Access (4G Router/Turbonet) customers.
The review has become necessary due to increased operational costs. The review will allow MTN Ghana to continue to make the investments required to sustain its business going forward.
Explaining the reason for the increase, the Chief Commercial Officer for MTN Ghana, Mr. Noel Kojo-Ganson, indicated that it was due to market pressures: “We are very mindful of the challenging economic conditions and the increasing cost of inputs for our business. The price review is [Internal]necessary to enable us to continue to sustain the business and make the needed investments in the network and new innovations to enhance customer experience”.
MTN Ghana would like to assure its cherished customers that it would continue to focus on delivering reliable, innovative, and improved customer experience. Our customers remain our key priority and we will continue to innovate and give the best value and experience to them.
To this end, MTN Ghana’s promotions, offers and loyalty schemes including the existing 50% bonus for 4G customers on myMTN App and Momo App will remain.
MTN Ghana remains committed to pursuing its Ambition 2025 strategy which is anchored on five pillars – Fintech Solutions, Digital Services / Ayoba, Enterprise, Network As A Service, and an API Marketplace – to deliver a bold new digital world to customers.
More information can be accessed on MTN’s website, www.mtn.com.gh, or our social media platforms.
JCS Investments brings economic relevance to people with disability
JCS Investments Ltd, in collaboration with Heritors Labs, has introduced an innovative digital platform for the promotion of the economic independence of people with some form of disability or special needs.
The project which is the brain-child of JCS Investments Limited identified the potential to increase the economic involvement of those less able to participate in the mainstream economy. The digital platform is designed to provide a comprehensive range of options for people with disabilities which include, a market place for produce made by persons with disability, enabling them to showcase their products and access a wider audience.
The platform also offers a way for socially-responsible customers to achieve a positive impact by purchasing items from individuals (and also supporting the institutions working in this area). As well as a database of disabled people’s skills and competencies, making it easier for employers, from SMEs to large organizations, to recruit individuals with a disability. The employment options can include short or long-term contracts.
The rest include opportunity for people with disability to create their personal profile, update details and present their skill-set to potential employers and a ‘shop window’ for larger organization to register as partners, promote their involvement and demonstrate commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI).
The collaboration with Heritors Labs has provided the foundation for the development of this laudable project. The dedicated teams within the two organizations have worked together to create the innovative digital platform.
JCS has approached a number of potential partners, encouraging them to support this initiative and widen awareness an reminded that EDI helps to unlock talent and stimulate economic activity. This EDI initiative helps people with disability to achieve ‘income with dignity’ and become equal members of the larger society. Looking ahead, it should no longer be necessary for people to beg in the street for their daily bread.
This platform represents an important step in promoting economic independence. It is anticipated that some will be able to scale up their business activities and engage more directly with the mainstream economy.
This digital platform has also partnered with Pario Surveys to offer personality profiling to people who would like to increase their self-awareness and effectiveness in the work place. JCS has secured preferential rates for those interested in this service. The platform also encourages the involvement of responsible corporate organizations in the process of building an inclusive workforce. The platform enables them to register and become part of the EDI community.
In a rapidly changing world, organizations are becoming increasingly aware of the need to achieve competitive advantage, which can be helped by promoting inclusion. This has a positive effect on productivity, helping create the conditions for high performance. As Unilever CEO (Alan Jope) stated in 2021, ‘Without healthy societies we don’t have a healthy business.’
In a related development, JCS Investments Ltd, has taken another step to help organisations enhance their Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) credentials. The aim is to encourage commercial and social improvements that support a sustainable future.
JCS has a positive track record of promoting inclusion, particularly of people with disabilities. Patricia Safo, CEO of JCS is clear about the benefits of the new project. She emphasised that JCS and the Heritors Labs team see the project as an important way of connecting mainstream businesses with disabled, motivated people.
Looking forward, the new platform can be developed to showcase positive initiatives. There is also scope for corporate organization to use the platform to purchase corporate Gifts and support the development of micro businesses. It is hoped that the platform can encourage corporates to consider bespoke orders.
This initiative was inspired by the Patricia’s late father, Mr D O Safo, who took steps to employ people with disabilities in his agribusiness workforce. The digital platform SENHUB utilises new technology to address the significant issue of disadvantage and barriers to market access. It offers a comprehensive marketplace for entrepreneurs with disabilities, to showcase their goods and services. SENHUB also offer a job placement platform for disadvantaged individuals.
Interior Design Trends You Need to Follow in 2024
In the dynamic landscape of contemporary interior design, the year 2024 is poised to usher in a plethora of trends that promise to redefine and elevate the aesthetics of our living spaces. As individuals seek to create environments that not only reflect their personal style but also stay in tune with the pulse of the times, the upcoming trends encapsulate a harmonious blend of timeless elegance and cutting-edge innovation. This exploration delves into the anticipated interior design trends for 2024, offering an insightful guide for those looking to infuse their homes with a renewed sense of style and sophistication.
One of the most captivating trends anticipated to captivate the interior design landscape in 2024 is the seamless integration of nature into our living spaces. This trend transcends mere aesthetics; it embodies a holistic approach to design, where indoor spaces harmoniously coalesce with the outdoors. Envisage a tapestry of organic materials, from the warmth of wooden elements to the verdant presence of indoor plants, creating a living environment that blurs the boundaries between the inside and outside, fostering a serene and refreshing ambiance.
In an era where environmental consciousness takes center stage, the realm of interior design embraces a significant shift toward sustainability in 2024. This trend isn’t merely a fleeting nod to eco-friendliness; it’s a conscientious commitment to making design choices that leave a minimal ecological footprint. Expect to witness a surge in the use of recycled materials, energy-efficient appliances, and eco-friendly furnishings, transforming homes into sanctuaries that not only exude style but also exemplify a responsible and eco-conscious way of living.
The intersection of the timeless charm of vintage aesthetics with the sleekness of modern design principles defines the captivating trend of neo-vintage fusion that is set to dominate the interior design landscape in 2024. This trend invites homeowners to curate spaces that tell a story, seamlessly blending classic pieces with contemporary accents. Picture a carefully orchestrated dance between antiques and modern creations, where each element contributes to a narrative that honors the past while embracing the present and future, resulting in a curated yet eclectic aesthetic.