The Board Chair of the Liberia Medicine and Health Regulatory Authority (LMHRA), Clavenda Bright-Parker has challenged dispensers across the country to exhibit high ethical standards in the discharge of their assigned duties.
Madam Parker made specific reference to a group of well over 300 of dispensers —who just completed a month long training program in Monrovia.
She also frowned on “unethical behaviors” in the provision of health services by dispensers, who she observed over the years, their exhibited actions have adversely created medical effects on the patients.
“As a result of wrongfully dispensing or dispensers intentionally giving patients illegal or counterfeit medicines that no longer have the requisite power or active ingredients to cure any illness, patients are sometimes left to suffer.”
The LMHRA board chair made the disclosure on Friday, May 16, 2014, when spoke at program marking the certification of dispensers who were trained by the LMHRA for six months.
The program held on the campus of the College of West Africa (CWA) in Monrovia, brought to an end the second phase of the Accredited Medicines Store (AMS) Dispensers Training Program (DTP).
Madam Parker who is highly respected as the first professional in Liberia and in the Sub-region said, with the six months training, the dispensers challenge for now is to exercise high level of ethics in the discharge of their job, “because this is paramount in the medical field.”
“We are dealing with the lives of the ordinary persons, and anything we do contrary to what we supposed to do will have adverse effects on our patient life.”
“You may do the wrong thing on your jobs and get away with it here on earth, but you will not get away in front of God. Make it a practice to do your job with diligence because whatever negative you do is against your own people,” she warned.
She called on the dispensers to their neighbors with clear conscience by ensuring that they apply the proper medical care.
She then urged the trainees not to dispense the wrong drugs to their patients, and not to intentionally dispense counterfeit medicines.
Assistant Minister for Preventive Services, Tolbert Nyenswah who proxy for Minister Walter Gwenigale at the occasion, said the training offers a unique opportunity for the country.
“As a dispenser, if you don’t dispense the right drugs, then you are during more harms than good.”
Minister Nyenswah said the training initiative will help bring to an end the issue of giving out wrongful medications, and counteract or illegal drugs peddling on the Liberian market.
The LMHRA, he said, is doing a great job since its establishment, thereby ensuring that the country’s health system has quality and affordable drugs.
Dispenser representative who spoke on behalf of her colleagues’ behalf, Barbara Momboe acknowledged that dispensers have now become professional with ethical consciousness.
LMHRA Managing Director, Pharmacist David Sumo, urged the trainees to always bear in mind that they have an obligation to do the right things to save the Liberian people lives.
According to him, the LMHRA has worked and continue to work and make the country market-free substandard products.