The Dean of Students at the University College of Health Sciences, Dr. Barima Afrane urged all medicine counter assistants not to slack off in their efforts to deepen their knowledge in their field of discipline.
He said they should constantly continue to learn, research and deepen their knowledge to ensure they were on top of the business in the discipline.
Dr Afrane said this at the second Towbin Pharmaceuticals Training Institute (TPTI) graduation ceremony in Accra.
The ceremony was themed: “The Role of MCA Post-COVID-19 Pandemic” and saw 75 students, who had successfully completed the six-month course, passed the required exams and certified by the Graduate Council of pharmacy to become certified MCAs.
Dr. Afrane stressed the importance of drive, humility and honesty in the workplace, adding that “the jobs available are looking for dynamic and motivated people”.
The Pharmacy Council of Ghana’s Deputy Registrar, in charge of professional development, Albert Wiredu Arkoh, said the profession has a lot of prospects and urged graduates to make the most of it.
Quoting a lady who started as a pharmacy saleswoman and went on to study to become a full-fledged pharmacist, he advised them not to settle where they had arrived but to aim higher.
“It’s not the end of the road, you have something to focus on,” Mr Arkoh said, adding that they should have the love and passion for the job in order to be successful.
TPTI Administrator Isaac Kwabena Opare Yeboah said the institute started operations in February 2020 and got its first batch in November last year.
The institute was established to impart knowledge for service, achieve the highest standards in pharmacy practice and promote public health and safety in the country, he added.
The students, he said, were equipped with the skills and training to become a health expert, adding that they had the opportunity to see firsthand how medicines were produced.
The institute is committed to expanding and opening colleges in all parts of the country, Opare added.
The valedictorian of the promotion, Rita Obeng Adjei, in her remarks, expressed her gratitude to all the guardians and the family who contributed to their lives.
She added that although the journey was difficult, with determination they managed to pull through.