Kofikrom Pharmacy Limited proved itself again as one of the fastest growing and emerging indigenous Pharmaceutical Company in Ghana, by winning the “Promising Company of the Year” at the Ghana Pharma Awards 2019 last Friday.
The CEO, Pharmacist Kofi Addo-Agyekum was there to receive the award on behalf of Kofikrom Pharmacy Limited. He expressed his appreciation to the event organisers – Global Productions for recognizing the dedication, hard work and consistency of Kofikrom Pharmacy Limited. He added that, “We are happy to receive this award that celebrate excellence in the pharmaceutical industry. We would like to thank our customers, staff, partners and stakeholders for their support, loyalty and commitment.”
The purpose is to celebrate thinkers and creators and serve as a strong advocate for individuals and companies that are committed to driving the industry forward. The Ghana Pharma Awards also provides a platform to recognize individuals and companies that play a significant role in the growth and development of the industry while recognizing the key functions within the industry that promote growth and sustainability.
The awards cut across pharmaceutical agents, distributors, manufacturers, government agencies, insurance and financial institution and more.
The maiden edition came off the back of the University of Ghana School of Pharmacy’s 10th anniversary celebration.
Others winners include Harrison Kofi Abutiate for the Lifetime Achievement Award; Benjamin Kwame Botwe, Outstanding Leadership Award; Lydia Alhassan, Woman of Excellence Award; Aide Chemist, Emerging Brand of the Year; Rajesh Wadhwani, Supra Pharmacy, Promising Entrepreneur of the Year; Richard Acheampong, Rokmer Pharma, Promising CEO of the Year and Tinatett Herbal Company, Promising Herbal Company of the Year.
The rest are Brand of the Year, Ernest Chemists; Entrepreneur of the Year, Ernest Bediako Sampong, Ernest Chemists; Personality of the Year, Gopal Vasu-M&G Pharmaceuticals; Outstanding Contribution to the Pharmaceutical Industry, Dhananjay Tripathi, Pharmanova; Company of the Year, Tobinco Pharmaceuticals; and CEO of the Year, Ernest Bediako Sampong, Ernest Chemists.
Vice-President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia
Vice-President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has tasked all players in the pharmaceutical industry to work toward making Ghana the go-to destination in all things pharmaceutical in the sub-region.
“I urge all the players in the pharmaceutical sector, including the private sector, to pull resources together to turn Ghana into a vibrant pharmaceutical research and development and production hub,” he said.
The Vice-President added that it is about time government earmarked a zone within a suitable location to be developed into an industrial park exclusively for pharmaceutical industries.
“This will lead to a generation of modern pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities which would be in the most competitive position to meet all current international Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) standards, including the WHO-Prequalification standards; and to produce high-quality affordable medicines not only for local consumption, but also for export into the world market,” he added.
Government, according to Dr. Bawumia, is currently looking at the Ghana Pharmaceutical Sector Development Strategy document, and will consider the proposal to set up a National Bio-equivalence Centre in collaboration with the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana, Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association and other stakeholders.
Extend services to rural areas
Dr. Bawumia, in acknowledging the support of the pharmaceutical society in helping improve healthcare delivery in the country, urged the industry players including the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana to extend their services to the rural and deprived areas in the country.
“Most of our rural communities do not have any means of access to pharmaceutical services delivery unless they travel long distances. This development impedes the objective of making healthcare delivery easily accessible to all Ghanaians, with ramifications for attainment of the SDGs.”