She said the practice which had gained popularity among Ghanaians was against the ministry’s directives and as such any perpetrator should be reported to the ministry.
According to her, there had been countless cautions from the Ministry to the public to desist from purchasing drugs outside a pharmacy since it posed serious threats to the health of Ghanaians, yet the practice had continued unabated.
“We can only improve on the service by relying on the public. If you find people selling drugs in vehicles and in the market place, please report them to the ministry of health” she stated.
At a Meet The Press session at the Ministry of Information conference room in Accra, Ms Ayittey, who decried the practice, stressed that the unfortunate situation had tarried due to the self-medication attitude of Ghanaians.
She advised the public to seek medical help rather than patronize drugs that are said to cure all manner of ailments when their (drugs) efficacy or certification was not known.
Admitting to the Ministry’s failure to educate the public adequately on the dangers of purchasing drugs sold outside pharmacies, the minister stressed the ministry’s readiness to commit more time and resources into public education; a step she believed would curb “some of these bad practices.”