The program exists in order to provide the Ministry of Health with technical support in pharmaceutical matters and to provide safe and effective medicine to the ill and needy of society.
Pharmaceutical care includes provision of medication in accordance with the doctors orders, the compounding of extemporaneous preparation, the management of patient at the ward level, patient counseling and education, ensuring the constant availability of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies, ensuring access of these by the patient; and the monitoring aspect to ensure safety of the pharmaceuticals and quality in the services provided.
Pharmaceutical services are being offered at each of the four regional hospitals, the three polyclinics and the forty two health centers countrywide. The level of services vary with the type of institutions. The regional hospitals have the full complement of the services available, whilst the urban health centers have full dispensing services offered by registered pharmacists. The dispensing services at the rural health centers are basic and are provided by rural health nurses and the community nurses aide.
This program implements the licensing and accreditation mechanism for pharmacists and pharmacies respectively.