Tobinco Pharmaceuticals Training Institute (TPTI) held its 4th graduation ceremony in Accra on Thursday, May 25, 2023.
The event was dubbed, “The Changing Roles of MCAs in Pharmaceutical Care”.
About 100 students, consisting of two batches graduated from the Institute after taking a six-month course, both theory and practicals in Medicine Counter Assistant (MCA).
The Tobinco Pharmaceuticals Training Institute (TPTI) was established 4 years ago through the Vision of the Executive Chairman of the Tobinco Group of Companies, Elder Nana Amo Tobbin I to provide excellent tuition and training to its students to become very skillful and knowledgeable so that they can deliver the highest quality health care in the pharmaceutical industry.
Speaking at the event, the Deputy Chief Inspecting Pharmacist of the Pharmacy Council, Dr. Chris Quao, urged the graduands to practice within the legal framework of the profession while they go into the field of work.
He observed that patients have become more enlightened and would go ahead to take legal actions against MCAs in situations they fall foul in the discharge of their duties.
In such situations, he said the law will only protect those who practiced within the legal framework.
He also urged the MCAs to maintain ethical behaviors that will give clients have confidence in pharmacists.
Dr Chris Quao also encouraged the MCAs to be courteous, and truthful and give clients the right to choose when they enter their office.
Also, he noted that confidentiality was key in delivering such services, urging the MCAs to ensure to keep people’s medical issues private and confidential, adding that, “The fact that you have records of people’s medical issues does not mean you have to share it, you must have strict confidentiality.”
He also encouraged them not to relent in their effort to learn more to improve themselves in their profession.
The Registrar, Entrance University College of Health Sciences (EUCHS), Mr Samuel Apeawin encouraged the MCAs to open their own chemical shops instead of going to look for jobs.
He promised to speak with the Marketing Department of the Tobinco Group Limited to assist the Graduands to open their chemical shops.
However, he observed that Accra was choked with chemical shops, urging the MCAs to look at opening theirs in their villages or hometowns, assuring them of massive profits.
Also, he urged them to put God first in whatever they do.
Aside from their certificates, the overall best student, Esther Essel was given a special award which came with a prize.
Some best students, Eunice Adusei Boateng, Abdul Razack Alberta, and Appeatse Shadrack were given special awards.
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