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Access to safe effective affordable medicines is one of the most important public health considerations in Ghana and in the African Region as a whole. However the majority of people in the region do not have regular access to good quality safe and affordable essential medicines. Available data suggest that there is increasing prevalence of resistance to antibiotics and a marked decrease in development of new antimicrobials with novel mechanism of action.
The annual reports of the pharmacy division of the MoH over the years depict high level of use of antibiotics at the Out Patient Department (OPD) at the hospitals. The pharmaceutical sector strategic plan (2012 – 2014) seeks to address this phenomenon by developing a comprehensive National Anti-biotic Use and Resistance Surveillance policy that will ameliorate the situation.