The launch in Ghana took place 25 June 2019. Please click here for the agenda of the launch event.
Launching the App, the Minister of Health Honorable Kwaku Agyeman-Manu who was represented by Director, Technical Coordination at the Ministry of Health, Mrs. Martha Ghansah Lutterodt said “It is the right time for FDA to launch the Mobile App for reporting side effects of medicines by healthcare professionals and the general public to further promote its mandate of ensuring safe use of medicines. The introduction of the Med Safety Mobile App will help the FDA to identify medicine safety issues faster since this will make it easier for healthcare professionals and the general public to report problems with their medicines to the FDA at no extra cost once the app is downloaded”
The Chief Executive Officer of the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), Mrs. Delese A. A. Darko, gave a warm welcome and was optimistic that the App will improve ADR reporting rates and improve patient safety in Ghana.
In her appreciation, Mrs. Darko expressed, “I take this opportunity to thank all those who have been involved in allowing this to happen – the Access and Delivery Partnership (ADP) funded by the Government of Japan, the WEB-RADR (Recognising Adverse Drug Reactions) Project and technical support and guidance from the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Agency (MHRA).”
Continuous engagement and awareness on the benefits of the App is seen as the key success factor and currently the FDA is developing strategies, including short videos, to educate patients and healthcare professionals to download and use the App.
The Chief Executive of the FDA, Mrs. Delese A. A. Darko delivering the welcome address at the Med Safety app launch in Ghana, 25th June 2019.
Please see the following items that were used in the launch event:
- Infographic explaining medicine safety – Ghana Infographic.
- Demonstration of the Ghana Med Safety app – Ghana app demo.