Pharmacy technicians in the Primary Health facilities have been charged to be more proficient in the discharge of their duties to improve healthcare service delivery in the State. The Executive Secretary of Rivers State Primary Health Care Management Board, Dr Claribel Abam gave the charge at a one -day update workshop for pharmacy technicians in the Primary Health facilities in the state.
Dr. Abam stressed the need for pharmacy technicians to carry out proper documentation of pharmaceutical activities in their health facilities this would enable them make accurate forcasting of drug requisition. ” It is also in your best interest to know exactly how much you are generating and how much you require to do your work, so you must ask that question although we have a central revenue base, you should be able to know how much you have generated from drug in every given week so that when you are making your requests you know how much you have” she said.
She decried the poor documentation of pharmaceutical activities in some health facilities which she said, informed the update training. Dr. Abam urged the participants to take the workshop seriously and improve on the knowledge that they had previously acquired.
Director, pharmaceutical services at the Board, Mrs Atonye Cookey-Gam disclosed that the participants would be taking courses on documentation for pharmaceutical services practice, documentation in inventory and management at PHCs, as well as documentation in drugs redistribution and storage of thermolabile pharmaceuticals at PHCs and pharmacovigilance / documentation of adverse drug event from essential drugs used at the PHCs among others.
Mrs. Cookey-Gam said that the courses were put together to train the pharmacy technicians at the health facilities on how to document all their activities which is a proof that they are actually working. She expressed optimism that at the end of the workshop the pharmacy technicians would be better equipped to carry out their jobs effectively as to promote quality health care service delivery to the people.
Responding, a participant, Mr. Awaji S. Brown from Orogbum Health Centre who assured of better pharmaceutical services at the Primary Health Centres thanked the Board for organising the workshop and appealed that the training should be done more often.