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Social Issue: Girl Paralysed In Tema After Taking Expired Drug, Are Our Lives This Loose In Ghana?

Chris-Vincent A. Febiri
Posted on 30 Jun 2011 at 10:27pm

 

You guys in Ghana got to be extra careful and check the drugs you purchase out of  various Pharmacies.

The sad story below has caught my attention, and the insulting nature the Pharmacist decided to deal with the issue by offering a refund to a parent after selling him expired pills which paralysed his daughter is so bad and cunning.

Are our lives this loose in Ghana? Don’t anyone go about inspecting these Pharmacies to make sure they are stocked with up to date drugs? I can’t just get this at all…

Imagine you being sick and looking to redeem your health by visiting a Pharmacy or Hospital but then you end up getting your situation being worsen. This is like running to a corrupted Police Officer for protection.

Read below for more…

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The Pharmacy Council has launched investigations into how a Tema-based pharmacy sold an expired malarial drug to a consumer.
A two-year-old girl is now paralysed after she was given the medicine prescribed by her doctor.

The pharmacy is said to have sold a Quinaquin mixture whose shelf life expired over a year ago.

The father of the girl, Ernest Alorli Donkor told Joy News’ Fiifi Koomson, “as at now she is looking pale, she can’t even walk, [she was] vomiting [and] she is with me in the house now. For the past four months she has not been going to school due to her condition.”

He said when the attention of the pharmacist was drawn to it, he offered to refund the money, but Mr Donkor refused because it shows how uncaring he was about his daughter’s condition.

He subsequently reported the case to the Tema Community One Police “but to my dismay they could not take any action about the whole situation”.

Mr Donkor is considering suing the pharmacist as well as the Pharmacy Council and the Food and Drugs Board.

Registrar of the Pharmacy Council Joseph Nyoagbe is urging restraint as the Council investigates the matter.

Meanwhile, the Food and Drugs Board has described as unnecessary the planned law suit by the aggrieved father against the board and the Pharmacy Council.

Public Relations Officer at the FDB James Lartey told Joy News although they sympathize with the family, the FDB must not be entirely blamed.

Spotted at Joyfmonline

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Chris-Vincent A. Febiri

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  • Miyagi

    i got a feeling that the medication was too strong for that little girl or they gave her the wrong ones because Most medications are completely fine if taken past the expiration date. The FDA wants drug companies to include a date that they will know for sure that it is still 100% viable. But most companies do not test their products past 2-3 years, so that is what they put down as their expiration date. But many drugs have been tested independently 5-6 years down the road and have been found to still be completely good. Aspirin especially has a great shelf life. The pharmaceutical companies like to include the dates on their products so that people will throw out the “old” stuff and then buy more.Some exceptions include more “exotic” drugs; the more complex the drug, the more likely it will break down. Though, this still takes a generous amount of time, and that it is still 90+% effective usually. Liquid medications also lose some of the effectiveness faster than anything in a solid form.
    A good rule of thumb in any case is that if your life depends on the drug, and it is expired, then you probably should not rely on it. Your life is not worth the savings from not getting a new Rx. 
    unless it was made in medication again 

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    Kr Reply:

    @Miyagi, pls don’t go taking expired drugs thinking they are still good. The smallest margin of error is not worth your health or your life.

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    Miyagi Reply:

    @Kr,I wouldnt try that at all but the expiration date mainly means that the medication is effective up until that date. After that it starts to break down and the ingredients lose their potency It shouldn’t really make him sick Some pharmacists/pharmacies actually send their expired medications to countries that can’t afford prescription medication and they work just fine for those people

    as for Ghana its different i remember in April this year reading news that The Deputy Minister for Health Mr. Robert Joseph Mettle-Nunoo, did accused some hospitals and clinics in the country of selling expired drugs to patients and did called upon the general public to help arrest the culprits of this criminal act he made this disclosure while addressing the World Health Day celebration in Accra under the theme “Combat Antimicrobial Resistance: No Action Today, No Cure Tomorrow.”To flush out substandard medicines and fake drug peddlers 

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    ghallday Reply:

    @Miyagi, usually ministers will talk and talk. Unless of course its probably a family of theirs who has been affected then there’s not much they will do about it.

    miyagi Reply:

    @ghallday, that’s true I’m with you on that

    Adjoa Nbaaso) Reply:

    @Miyagi, hmm do not agree with you about most medications being fine if taken after their expiration date.Maybe am being slow here so u might want to explain further.

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    Miyagi Reply:

    @Adjoa Nbaaso), Unless it contains Alcohol or it’s an antibiotic, the medication is usually ineffective. However, if the med has been exposed to extreme temperature changes it may alter it chemical composition causing a potentiated

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  • ThickMama

    Hmmm…gh..

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  • bee

    gh for u…u now evn find sm drugs sold in traffic and at circle….

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    Posted By: Chris-Vincent Agyapong Febiri Reply:

    @bee, Yeah, but then I do not blame the people selling it at the wrong places much, I rather blame those buying such drugs. Which reasonable being will buy a pill in traffic for his intake?

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    Kr Reply:

    @Posted By: Chris-Vincent Agyapong Febiri, people who are poor and desperate would be forced to buy them. Let’s face it everyone is not in the position to go to the pharmacy or hospital. Something needs to be in place to help people who can’t afford healthcare.

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    Posted By: Chris-Vincent Agyapong Febiri Reply:

    Being poor and desperate does not mean you do not have sense to know that, it is not prudent to buy drugs in traffic by people you cannot even trace.

    Surely you (Gov’t) cannot clamp down on all illegal Drug activities such on road selling, it is up to the buyers to use their common sense and not buy everything being sold just because they are desperate and poor.

    That is a far weaker argument ! Here, we are talking about reasonableness, except you want to tell me that poor and desperate people have no sense…

    Kr Reply:

    @Posted By: Chris-Vincent Agyapong Febiri, I didn’t say poor and desperate people don’t have sense. Don’t twist my words to support your weak argument. Why wouldn’t the gov be unable to stop such activities? Are the people selling the meds doing so out in the open? Are the invisible? Can’t a task force be set up to combat this problem? Think about this Chris, we leave the gov and blame the victims. It is the gov responsibility to see to it, thru the ministry of health that expired drugs are properly disposed by hospitals and pharmacies. How do these street sellers get the drugs in the first place? That’s a question that needs to be answered. If I had a child or even me being sick and I am desperate and poor (more likely than not I am also lacking strong edu) and I had the chance to buy meds for cheap my rationale would make me look at the opportunity to buy what I can afford. I would be thinking like one commenter here that it will not harm me even if it is expired. It’s simply rational choice theory at its simpliest. Not everyone is fortunate to be able to seek multiple options. Gov is there to protect citizens so if what has been posted about people selling drugs (expired or not) on the roadside is true the gov has an obligation to do something abt it.

    Posted By: Chris-Vincent Agyapong Febiri Reply:

    @Kr,wow, this is the weakest argument I have so far read from you on this Blog. Your argument is purely theoretical, nothing practical…

    In an ideal world, your argument makes sense and will suffice, in the world we live today, it is so weak as you telling me that, it is the Gov’t’s duty to make sure all children have education so they should go around chasing all children to be in school without leaving any responsible for parents..

    No one is arguing that it is not the Gov’t’s task to make sure such drugs are carefully disposed out of the system but then it is also more of our individual responsibility not to encourage their sales by buying them or even reporting them to the Gov’t authorities…

    Come to think of it, who is the Gov’t even? the Gov’t is me and you as well…It is not a set of ministers plus police men and others, the citizenry is part of the Gov’t and in fact , they form a central part of the Gov’t.

    So it is solely not the Gov’t’s responsibility to make sure these drugs are not sold on our streets, we all have a duty to discourage their sales by boycotting or not partaking part in them.

    The Gov’t cannot effectively move from street to street to check or chase individuals selling pills, no Gov’t in the world has even gotten the resources to that , that is why it is our right , in fact, a duty as citizens not to encourage the sale of expired drugs by not buying them, by only buying them from legal corners and even when we buy them from the right corner, check on their validity.

  • madam social

    3y3 asem o. the problem is they gave the wrong medication for her age. i bet whoever bought the drug didn’t even bother to ask if it was good for her age. the 2nd problem is most of these guys in pharmacy stores r not properly trained or certified as pharmacist. some just own the store.

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    Miyagi Reply:

    @madam social, u can say that again 

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    Adjoa Nbaaso) Reply:

    @madam social, True some of them are even jhs/shs graduates.

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    ghallday Reply:

    @madam social, who would step up to kick the regulatory commission into full gear? Answer’s very obvious. It’s not going to happen anytime soon.

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    madam social Reply:

    @ghallday, awww its true we have food and drug board who r to regulate these things but it looks like they r not doing their job.

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  • Kr

    I heard this story and it was heartbreaking. So sad

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  • Adjoa Nbaaso)

    Hope this little innocent girl gets well soon.She needs a special doctor’s attention ASAP.

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  • mackie5667

    this is just a microcosm of what happens in gh hospitals. Most of the hospitals here prescribe malaria pills regardless of what u are really suffering from. a close friend was once misdiagnosed at a reputable private hospital in Tema with UTI when he had appendicitis. the appendix eventually raptured and it took an emergency procedure from a specialist at the 37 military hospital to save his life.

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    miss dior Reply:

    @mackie5667, OMG and SMH. I thought the private hospitals were better than the general hospitals.

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  • Kr

    @Kr,wow, this is the weakest argument I have so far read from you on this Blog. Your argument is purely theoretical, nothing practical…In an ideal world, your argument makes sense and will suffice, in the world we live today, it is so weak as you telling me that, it is the Gov’t’s duty to make sure all children have education so they should go around chasing all children to be in school without leaving any responsible for parents..No one is arguing that it is not the Gov’t’s task to make sure such drugs are carefully disposed out of the system but then it is also more of our individual responsibility not to encourage their sales by buying them or even reporting them to the Gov’t authorities…Come to think of it, who is the Gov’t even? the Gov’t is me and you as well…It is not a set of ministers plus police men and others, the citizenry is part of the Gov’t and in fact , they form a central part of the Gov’t.So it is solely not the Gov’t’s responsibility to make sure these drugs are not sold on our streets, we all have a duty to discourage their sales by boycotting or not partaking part in them.The Gov’t cannot effectively move from street to street to check or chase individuals selling pills, no Gov’t in the world has even gotten the resources to that , that is why it is our right , in fact, a duty as citizens not to encourage the sale of expired drugs by not buying them, by only buying them from legal corners and even when we buy them from the right corner, check on their validity.

    Chris it is weak because you are ignorant. Why do you think agencies like the World Bank and IMF can come into regions like Africa and make sure that no or slow development is the order of the day? It is because of people like you who thinks they know everything take positions of power and fail to value the lives of their own people. Here are a few points that would make sense to you if you would care to take you hypocritical self off the soapbox you are standing on. When excedrin (not sure about the brand) was tampered with in the USA, the government stepped in, in a measure to protect the public and thus all bottled OTC drugs had to have a seal beneath the cap. Children getting to meds in the medicine cabinets (of course parents or adults cannot watch children 24/7) the government stepped in and ‘child proof’ caps became the norm. These are simply two examples of how the government, when willing and is forced to do their jobs, will go beyond sitting on their big fat behinds eating bon bons and protect the population. The government in many African countries are lacadasick* and the attitude of citizens like yourself encourage and enable them to be that way. You have had the opportunity that many of your own country of birth will never have, but you come on this blog and tout your advantages and do nothing to assist others who could benefit from your help. As a law students, you have the opportunity to even express your outrage of the conditions that occur in your country, at this issue to be specific, and you come and talk about weak argument. How lame is that? (Don’t tell me that your site is about celebs, because this article is not about any celeb. It is a social issue). you know damn well that the wording of government here is identifying the elected officials who represent the masses so don’t come with your lame argument about ‘we’. And if you want to use the ‘we’ argument, why not ‘you’ take a stance and speak out? Yes, the government, the elected officials cannot go from street to street, but they can set up taskforce (hire and train people who are looking for work) to go and do the ‘on the ground’ work. Afterall you don’t see Mills in a police uniform but there is a police force in Ghana isn’t it? It is high time that people who are able to make a difference stand up and do so. I am ashamed of you for your response on this issue. You come off very inconsiderate to the plight of the less fortunate and cocky in the fact that you are able to attend law school. To hear Migayi say that expired drugs leave countries in the West and end up in Africa but its ok is saddening. Are the lives and wellbeing of African of less value than those of the West? Which Western government would be willing to take substandard products from Africa and make it available to their citizens? My friend you have a very narrow view of the world that is why you believe that an argument the governments should protects their citizens ius weak. Your stance is the ‘general’ status quo of Africa and it is shameful. If African governments refuse to have expired drugs enter their territories the trickle down effect will begin to be eliminated. Open your mind and think beyond yuor nose.

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    Posted By: Chris-Vincent Agyapong Febiri Reply:

    @Kr, Your argument is a waste and everyone reading that can see. You picked two specific drugs which are probably manufactured by specific companies that the Gov’t can go straight to the companies and say do this or that else we will not allow sale. That is simple and I wish the issue at hand is such simple…

    The issue at hand is like how cocaine is sold in America and everywhere, why doesn’t the America Govt you cited not go and say stop cocaine sale on the streets and get the problem solved?

    This is not possible because the source the product is coming from is diverse and you cant even spot them all…Same as the pills people are selling on the streets in Ghana, it is not one type of pill where you can go to the manufacture or the importer ad deal with him to ensure compliance…You see how weak and silly your argument it?

    Is your USA Gov’t not aware of cocaine sale on streets of America? is cocaine not killing thousands of people each day?  And is not the Gov’t’s duty to protect lives? The Gov’t cannot completely stop such trades in anywhere in the world, even the USA Gov’t or British Gov’t with all the resources cannot do so…

    That is why it is the duty of ordinary citizens not to buy these drugs being sold on the streets to encourage their trade, same as the pills in  Ghana. Now tell me who is LAME? Your argument or mine?

    Let me give you another close related analogy, the sale of stolen goods on our streets in every country… The Gov”t’s hate it and has police and co to arrest people who sell and even buy stolen goods. In fact it is a crime to buy a stolen good if you know that it is stolen.

    Yet because citizens encourage such trade, thieves are always stealing to sell…Now upon all the Govt is doing within it’s power, this trade will only end if citizens like you will stop blaming the damn GOVT for everything and take up some responsibly by not buying stolen goods… and pills being sold on the streets (in Ghana).

    Why do certain people like you think everything must be done by Govts without them having any duty or responsible towards these things?

    If a thief goes to steal and gets no one to buy the stolen good, do you think he or she will continue to steal all the time without making sales? 

    So you see, these pills are coming from different sources, being sold at different parts of the country at different times and the Govt cannot spot them all or just go as you loosely cited and say do this and that…This is a dark trade. not a well organised trade as your examples were…

    Damn, what a weak argument, comparing dark trade where you do not even know the origin of products or their channel of distribution to ones that you can go or enact a law to tell the well known manufacture to do something that is needed.  Learn to have valid arguments and understand circumstances upon which an issue rest before you jump to make absurd and weak arguments like you have just done! 

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    Kr Reply:

    @Posted By: Chris-Vincent Agyapong Febiri, Are you serious? I think you are just stupid. You missed the point whether intentionally or otherwise. The gov can make a difference if they choose to. You associating illigal drugs to pharmaceutical drugs tells me it is useless to even reason with you. You are simply that daft. Pharmaceutical drugs are legally allowed into the country and, if there is a proper system in place as shod be by the gov, then the sale, expiration and disposal of the legally imported drugs shld be monitored by the gov thru the ministry of health or its specific units/dept. Can you follow that argument or are you still lost? That is the responsibility of the gov, not Joe Blow’s responsibility. Follow the logic if you are a le to and stop trying to block your mind from becoming enlightened fooling yourself that what I wrote is a waste and assuming that the readers agree with you. That’s pure arrogance. In case you did not know this, let me inform you, all pharmaceutical are marked with the manufacturer’s label and their destinations are tracked. That way if there is a problem and a recall of the drug (the batch numbers) are tracable. That is a fact. The example of execdrin was used to show that when there is a problem with a drug, whether it is from the manufacturer or from the point of sale, reactive measures by the gov can be taken. Yes, under the cap seals were implemented but also measures on how drugs are shelved and sold was undertaken. Dummy if you had used your brain you would be able to deduce that. No problem, you may not be able to process anything that is not spelled out for you. I understand. My point on the illigal sales and purchasing of the pharmaceutical, keep focus here Chris, we are not talking about illigal untraceable drugs, are you following?, is that the gov, when doing their jobs will have systems in place to combat the problems of street peddlers selling to the general public. If what I read, just so I am clear, that peddlers openly sell these drugs, then I believe the same way that this activity is observed by ordinary citizens it is the same way a gov task force set up to combat this problem wld be able to witness this activity and do something about it. Did you get that point or are you still lost? Are you still at the point of illigal drugs, which by the way are taskforces at work to combat such problem here in the US. You argue as if the gov (DEA) just sit down and allow these activities to be conducted w/o fighting against, inspite of the corruption that exists. Maybe I am incorrect in believe that the street sellers of these pharmaceutical drugs are invisible to the law enforcers and they are only visible to the general public whom they target for sales. Is that it? Wow, that’s incredible. Well anyway someone with reasoning ability will understand that when there is a government system in place that punishes the illigal street sellers they will think twice about this activity. Also when people place value on their lives (here I am talking about the collective, don’t worry I know this is too theoretical for you), then arguments like yours that blame the victims will be thrown out like dirty bath water. Don’t blame the victims, the poor and desperate, demand more of your government afterall isn’t that why you voted? Maybe not, maybe you like your government sitting down stealing your money and getting fat while the poor and desperate act “sensibly” because afterall, they shld not be afraid of dying or losing a loved one in their time of distress. Well, that’s me wasting your time again. Please feel free to write a bible length response to something that is a waste. Peace and jellybeans

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    Posted By: Chris-Vincent Agyapong Febiri Reply:

    @Kr, You know what, I will not reply you on this thread again because you seem to have no idea about the sort of pills we are talking about here in Ghana, how they come to the country and all that..Who said all these pills got to Ghana legally anyway?

    The worst bit of all your argument is that, you do not even know what are the responsibilities of Gov’ts, the limits on these responsibilities and where does citizen responsibility comes in as well…

    All your ignorant mind is telling you is that, the Gov’t has to do this and that…You know what, go and check on the laws that even tells you the Gov’t has to protect lives and you will find out that, it says, so far as possible, within it’s capability and all,  the burden does not only rest on Gov’ts, it equally rest on every citizen…

    You can sit down and wait on your Gov’t to do everything for you including going to street by street to arrest everyone selling expired pills and selling pills on the street unlawfully…

    You are one of the people who even think the Gov’t has to provide you breakfast, lunch and dinner I guess cos it is the Gov’ts duty to sustain life …

    Find out how those drugs got to Ghana, and whether these drugs have any labels on them before you jump into arguments and come up looking silly…Anyway, have a good day and continue thinking the Govt has to do everything for you, without you having any role to play as a citizen. Good luck with that!

    Kr Reply:

    @Posted By: Chris-Vincent Agyapong Febiri, I don’t know why you even bothered to respond. The fact that you live in England and enjoy the ‘sense of security’ that exists by people, the English/ Whites, demanding from their leaders certian protection and yet you find that Africans demanding that same sense of security from their government as being too much is appauling hypocritical. It is good for the Whites (and good for you while you live in the White man’s land) but it is too good for Africans. With people like you with this mindset we, Africans, will forever suffer. Is it ok for anyone to sell meds (especially expired meds) on the street openly and not be remotely concerned about the police at least inquiring into such activity? Is the an acceptable practice in England? It’s African lives we are talking about so what the hell does it matter anyway. I rest my case.

    Kr Reply:

    @Posted By: Chris-Vincent Agyapong Febiri, stick to celebrity blogging you’ll make a horrible lawyer. Ask your law professor what are the responsibilities of gov clearly it is you who’s w/o a clue. Your presumption that it is my belief that gov shld do everything for the people is baseless. But the way pls copy and paste that for me. I know for a fact that I didn’t say that in any of my posts. If the gov did it’s job then these drugs you claim entered Ghana illigally wld in part be discovered by the port authority, airport security responsibility for cargo and individual inspections, border patrol. Oh I forgot that is not gov’s responsibility. It is your responsibility (because gov is nt responsible for that. They can’t do everything) and you are studying law in England so your post has been abandon. Chris, when someone has a strong argument they stick to the facts. You calling me ignorant while pulling shit out of your ass exposes your ass not mine. How the hell did you get to me expecting gov to make me breakfast from wht I wrote? You hv the audacity to call someone ignorant when you can’t even follow logic. Whr is the connection of gov crackingdown on the illigal sale of meds and wanting gov to feed me or do “everything” for me? You are dumber and even more ignorant than some of the people you label “Dumbass”. You are more confused than the person you insist on calling “confused” and for that you shld be “BANNED”. Goodluck on your smear campaign in telling lies and trying to convince yourself that I said gov shld do every single thing for its citizen. You are a bully and you think because you are able to manipulate what ppl posts everyone will just swallow it and not stand up to your manipulation and twisting of ppl’s words. Not so Babba, we all ain’t scared. Go and learn to read with objectivity and argue from the point of wht is written, not wht you think is written. Law 101.

    Posted By: Chris-Vincent Agyapong Febiri Reply:

    Everyone who will take time to read your comments and mine will spot that your argument is not worth it… I don’t have to waste my time arguing with someone who does not know the responsibilities of Gov’ts and that of citizens! If you know, you will surely know that these two responsibilities most time overlap…

    In simple terms, I said, citizens (reasonable pple) have to stop buying these pills being sold on the streets to discourage such sale activities…You come up saying, desperate and poor pple will still buy so it is the Govt who has to see to it that the sales are not done…Who said the Gov’t is not doing so far as it is capable of doing?

    I ask you that, are you trying to say that poor and desperate are not reasonable? I also told you that, the Gov’t can’t do it all, the citizens have a right , in fact, a duty not to encourage illegal trade by not buying or reporting…

    You ignorantly went on with some analogy which is not anyway related to the this pills situation because some of these pills are illegally smuggled into the country, they have no labels and their distribution cannot be traced--same as cocaine trade…

    You went on and on to parade your ignorance and I think I am wasting my time… Go and find out what are the duties of citizens and you will know that almost every responsibility of any Gov’t is replicated in somewhere as a duty for citizens, reason being that, the Gov’t can’t do it all and a bigger reason is that citizens form a huge part of the Gov’t machinery…

    We are talking about Ghana, a country that practices democratic governance…. Let me break it down for you the Abraham Lincoln way, A democracy (Democratic governance, which means Ghana’s form of Government ) is a gov’t of the people (citizens), by the people (citizens) and for the people (citizens)…

    ALL citizens take part of governance and are part of the Government…Is this too hard to understand? So all Citizens have a duty as much as the Gov’t to stop these pills being sold on the street…That is all I have been saying…You are saying, No, it is the Gov’ts duty to do it, they were put in power to do that and so it is all their duty to get it done and crap…Wow…Which school did you go? I did this in CLASS 1

    My little cousin will even understand this…

    I am wasting my time. Bye bye on this! I am over this discussion cos you lack any knowledge in this field, you are just going around in circle with garbage being plastered on here…

  • B.B

    Oh GH! some people dont care, they will sell the drugs even though they know they are expired. The buyers also need to be extra careful.
    I pray the girl gets well.  

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  • http://www.ghanacelebrities.com Yussuf

    Why not when unqualified people are allowed to sell drugs. In addition, people can buy any type of drug without prescription for the reason why any patient can pass a drug name to other advicing them to go for the same while they do not have same illness. Apparently, drug abuse in our society is the first illness the authorities should tackle, educating the old aged and the grass root the danger in consuming a drug without a medical pre consultation. I once went to a pharmacy in one of the Ayawaso constituencies for sleeping tabs. The neighbor who attended me clearly deny me the use of it giving me another he considered been good for me. This is a kind of people we need in our drug stores. The main problem is that Wofer Adie “uncle´s property” and unemployment is killing this nation. As it is said “charity begins at home” so we first serve those at home when there are thousand qualify ones with heavy files arround.

    Secondly, inspecters should reconsider shining their eyes at harbours and inside while on duty because people import expired drugs into the country, escape inspection just to get killed citizens on the look out for cure. A Nagerien friend about 13 years ago told me he was once importing drugs to ghana but one day his agent surprised him with story that it was seized at Tema harbour. When there is inspection, agent does not tell what is surpposed o be done.

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    Kr Reply:

    @Yussuf, thx for you input. Just basic attention to the problem by those ‘incharge’ can be the genesis for change.

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  • http://www.ghanavillage.com Joseph Midnight

    AGAINST CHRIS ARGUMENT

    Poverty itself is a disease. It limits one’s capacity to make economic choices, thus, poor people will continue to purchase expired drugs regardless of how harmful they might be for them.

    It is the responsibility of the government to construct effective mechanisms for regulating the medical industry. A robust, stringent regulatory body can help clamp down on the quack merchants who exploit the hopelessness of sick poor people.

    Given the above, it would be grossly inaccurate to downplay the role of the government by using rationality and sane choice as a premise for refuting KR’s argument.

    ARGUMENT AGAINST KR

    I agree that the government has a role to play but we shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that humans should at every extent exercise their faculty in making plausible deductions.

    If this man had just checked the expiry date when buying the drug, it would have become apparent to him that the drug had expired, preventing what eventually happened to his daughter. Common sense is not a legislative enactment.

    The cursory negligence on his part is unpardonable.

    THE DRUG SELLERS
    These people don’t give a damn about your health. They are in it to make money. They believe in Darwinism and Existentialism and see life as survival of the fittest. To expect any sense of morality from them is naivety at best.

    If you want to survive, carve your own destiny or save yourself. If you have a God you believe in then cry to her for mercy.

    Peace!

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    Posted By: Chris-Vincent Agyapong Febiri Reply:

    You got it wrong, I never said the Gov’t has no role…I said the Gov’t can do as much as it is capable of, individual citizens have an equal responsible as well to make sure that they discourage such activities by not buying…

    KR is simply saying, all should be done by the Gov’t and citizens should careless or have no role…

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    Kr Reply:

    @Posted By: Chris-Vincent Agyapong Febiri, Chris, read what I wrote. If you had taken the time to read with objectivity, what I wrote you wld hv got the point. Never did I state that gov had to do EVERYTHING for the citizens of a country. Of course the citizens themselves have responsibilities. What you failed to note in my posts was that gov hv a responsibility to take care of citizens. Afterall, isn’t that why there are various ministries? The ministry of Health looks at the health and wellbeing of the citizens, the ministry of Justice takes care of legal matters on individual as well as community and beyond (law enforcement falls under this). There is nothing that say there cannot be inter-agencies (ministries) collaboration and corperation. You t

    Everyone who will take time to read your comments and mine will spot that your argument is not worth it… I don’t have to waste my time arguing with someone who does not know the responsibilities of Gov’ts and that of citizens! If you know, you will surely know that these two responsibilities most time overlap…In simple terms, I said, citizens (reasonable pple) have to stop buying these pills being sold on the streets to discourage such sale activities…You come up saying, desperate and poor pple will still buy so it is the Govt who has to see to it that the sales are not done…Who said the Gov’t is not doing so far as it is capable of doing?I ask you that, are you trying to say that poor and desperate are not reasonable? I also told you that, the Gov’t can’t do it all, the citizens have a right , in fact, a duty not to encourage illegal trade by not buying or reporting…You ignorantly went on with some analogy which is not anyway related to the this pills situation because some of these pills are illegally smuggled into the country, they have no labels and their distribution cannot be traced–same as cocaine trade…You went on and on to parade your ignorance and I think I am wasting my time… Go and find out what are the duties of citizens and you will know that almost every responsibility of any Gov’t is replicated in somewhere as a duty for citizens, reason being that, the Gov’t can’t do it all and a bigger reason is that citizens form a huge part of the Gov’t machinery…We are talking about Ghana, a country that practices democratic governance…. Let me break it down for you the Abraham Lincoln way, A democracy (Democratic governance, which means Ghana’s form of Government ) is a gov’t of the people (citizens), by the people (citizens) and for the people (citizens)…ALL citizens take part of governance and are part of the Government…Is this too hard to understand? So all Citizens have a duty as much as the Gov’t to stop these pills being sold on the street…That is all I have been saying…You are saying, No, it is the Gov’ts duty to do it, they were put in power to do that and so it is all their duty to get it done and crap…Wow…Which school did you go? I did this in CLASS 1My little cousin will even understand this…I am wasting my time. Bye bye on this! I am over this discussion cos you lack any knowledge in this field, you are just going around in circle with garbage being plastered on here…

    You are arrogant. You went to a fucking junior college and is acting like you went to Oxford or Cambridge and have the nerve to ask me where I went to school. Are you serious with this? Dude, don’t act like you are superior to anyone. I can boast about where I went to school but what would that serve? I could boast about being selected to participate in a highly coveted intership with the top governmental agency but what would that serve? I could brag about being recognized by my local gov for outstanding work on genocide but again what would that serve? You are the most stupid person I have ever met. You already said that you made your last response but here you are seeking to have some credibility again by attacking my education. Really? Are you that shallow and insecure? Do you think I am one of these ghanaian celebs that you insult and put down? Again are you for real? If my arguments is a waste of time why is it that you find it necessary to come back each and everytime, especially this time talking about my education. If you must know I attend one of the top 10 universities here. Peace out. You still do not make any sense.

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    Kr Reply:

    @Posted By: Chris-Vincent Agyapong Febiri, same as you are saying that you never said gov has no role, pls inform me where I said gov had ALL the responsibility? That’s your contention with me.

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    Kr Reply:

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    Posted on July 1, 2011 at 00:29
    gh for u…u now evn find sm drugs sold in traffic and at circle….

    bee(Quote)

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    Posted By: Chris-Vincent Agyapong Febiri Reply:
    July 1st, 2011 at 01:11

    @bee, Yeah, but then I do not blame the people selling it at the wrong places much, I rather blame those buying such drugs. Which reasonable being will buy a pill in traffic for his intake?

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    Kr Reply:
    July 1st, 2011 at 04:22

    @Posted By: Chris-Vincent Agyapong Febiri, people who are poor and desperate would be forced to buy them. Let’s face it everyone is not in the position to go to the pharmacy or hospital. Something needs to be in place to help people who can’t afford healthcare.

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    Posted By: Chris-Vincent Agyapong Febiri Reply:
    July 1st, 2011 at 05:27

    Being poor and desperate does not mean you do not have sense to know that, it is not prudent to buy drugs in traffic by people you cannot even trace.

    Surely you (Gov’t) cannot clamp down on all illegal Drug activities such on road selling, it is up to the buyers to use their common sense and not buy everything being sold just because they are desperate and poor.

    That is a far weaker argument ! Here, we are talking about reasonableness, except you want to tell me that poor and desperate people have no sense…

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    Where did I say the poor and desperate are not reasonable?

    Here is what Joseph Midnight wrote in response to you that clearly expresses my initial point that you intentially ignored because you feel like you are more brilliant than anyone else……pls see below…..

    Posted on July 2, 2011 at 14:18
    AGAINST CHRIS ARGUMENT

    Poverty itself is a disease. It limits one’s capacity to make economic choices, thus, poor people will continue to purchase expired drugs regardless of how harmful they might be for them.

    It is the responsibility of the government to construct effective mechanisms for regulating the medical industry. A robust, stringent regulatory body can help clamp down on the quack merchants who exploit the hopelessness of sick poor people.

    Given the above, it would be grossly inaccurate to downplay the role of the government by using rationality and sane choice as a premise for refuting KR’s argument.

    You got Jospeh’s point, as you responded with

    Posted By: Chris-Vincent Agyapong Febiri Reply:
    July 2nd, 2011 at 14:21

    You got it wrong, I never said the Gov’t has no role…I said the Gov’t can do as much as it is capable of, individual citizens have an equal responsible as well to make sure that they discourage such activities by not buying…

    KR is simply saying, all should be done by the Gov’t and citizens should careless or have no role…

    Really, I said “all should be done by the Gov’t and citizens should be careless or have no role…? Hmm I can’t seem to find that anywhere. If ever I met a liar it is you.

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    Kr Reply:

    @Joseph Midnight, I can appreciate your argument. Thanks for you input. I never removed individual responsibility. My initial comment that led to this correspondence was the point someone made about the street sellers and the meds. I don’t know where Chris or you for that matter, got me removing personal responsibility from individuals. What my positions is, is that there, as you’ve clearly stated, needs to be gov action (regulatory body) on the matter of the illegal sale or drugs, especially expired ones. Again, thanks for commenting on my post but don’t be like Chris and misconstrue what I initially said.

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  • http://queenjackie17@hotmail.com mother

    Kr,if u are a girl …i really like ur strong sense and independent mind …funny how u and chris go on eachotther here lol ….but i support joseph midnight comments on u both …thats how i see it too ..

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    Kr Reply:

    @mother, thx

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  • http://wwww.ghanacelebrities.com Yussuf

    Why not when unqualified people are allowed to sell drugs. In addition, people can buy any type of drug without prescription for the reason why any patient can pass a drug name to other advising them to go for the same while they do not suffer same illness. Apparently, drug abuse in our society is the first sickness the authorities should tackle, educating the old aged to the grass rout the danger in consuming a drug without medical pre consultation. I once went to a pharmacy in one of the Ayawaso constituencies for sleeping tabs. The neighbor who attended me clearly deny me the use of it giving me another he considered been good for me. This is a kind of people we need in our drug stores. The main problem is that Wofa Adie “uncle´s property” and unemployment is killing this nation. As it is said “charity begins at home” we first serve those at home when there are thousand qualify ones with heavy files around.
    Secondly, inspectors should reconsider shining their eyes while on duty because people import expired drugs into the country, escape inspection just to get killed citizens on the look out for cure. A Nagerian friend about 13 years ago told me he was once importing drugs to ghana but one day his agent surprised him with story that it was seized by Tema Port authority. When there is inspection, agent does not tell what is supposed to be done.

    Yussuf Suleyman

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