Obuasi-based Achievers Pharmacy and Medical Center has been cleared to resume operations after it was shut down by a group purported to have executed instructions from the Pharmacy Council in Kumasi.
This comes as a huge relief to patrons, staff and management of Achievers Medical Centre who had to suffer the effects of the shutdown about a fortnight ago.
Media reports were rife a couple of weeks ago about the ‘unlawful’ closure of the pharmacy by the Pharmacy Council, citing the shop’s inability to pay an amount of GH¢3,500, which was a penalty for eight-day lateness in the renewal of the licence.
This act, according to Chief Executive Officer of Achievers Pharmacy and Medical Center Philip Anokye, constituted an affront to the principles of natural justice.
He revealed that the board of directors of the company decided to write through its lawyers to the Pharmacy Council in Kumasi for explanations.
The good news is that the management of Achievers Pharmacy and Medical Center has been cleared to open the pharmacy shop and to continue their wholesale and retail services.
Interacting with the media after a meeting, CEO Philip Anokye said the decision by the Council is a vindication of their stance all along, saying they did not breach any of the regulations by the Council so were surprised that on 3rd of May, one Amoh with two police officers wielding guns purported to have been sanctioned by the Pharmacy Council in Kumasi, forced and closed down Achievers Pharmacy shop.
The Board of Directors of the company upon their checks revealed that the men who came to close down the shop again on the 4th of May, 2023 were not from the Ghana Pharmacy Council in Accra (as they claimed), but believed that they were working on the behest of somebody from the Council in Kumasi since the Director of the Pharmacy Council in Accra, confirmed to have not sanctioned that operation.
“We wish to express our profound gratitude to Dr.
Audu Rauf, the Registrar, Pharmacy Council in Accra for taking a keen interest in the case, intervening and making sure justice is served.”
Achievers Pharmacy and Medical Center has recalled the over 20 working staff back to duty and they promise to continue to discharge their duties responsibly by providing quality healthcare services to their clients in and around Obuasi.
Achievers Pharmacy and Medical Center was established in 2018 and has been providing both pharmaceutical and laboratory services.