Health

Ghana wins chairmanship of African Medicines Agency

At the recently concluded First Ordinary Session of the Conference of the Heads of States Parties in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Ghana’s Minister of Health, Kwaku Agyeman Manu, was named the first head of the African Medicine Agency’s Bureau.

He expressed his satisfaction at being chosen Chairman of the Bureau in a message to the media, and emphasized the benefits that this endeavor will bring to Ghana.

The African Union’s Executive Council adopted the African Medicine Agency in 2015 in an effort to develop medical product regulation capabilities and harmonize regulatory regimes in Africa as a foundation for the establishment of a single medicine regulatory agency across the continent (AMA). As a result, the African Heads of State and Government adopted the treaty establishing the AMA in February 2019.

According to Mr. Agyeman Manu, this project is anticipated to turn Ghana’s Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) into one of West Africa’s centers of excellence, implying that FDA-approved items will be accepted by all countries without the need for duplication of approval.

The Commissioner for Health, Humanitarian Affairs, and Social Development, who presided over the first regular session, said that 29 of the African Union’s 55 countries have signed the AMA treaty, with 22 governments having approved it so far.

Mr. Agyeman Manu continued to stir up the proceedings of the conference by evaluating reports on options for the hosting of the AMA’s headquarters after the Commissioner for Health, Humanitarian Affairs, and Social Development handed him over as the substantive chairman.

Chairman Agyeman Manu also urged his colleagues ministers and member nations in the area to continue dedicated to developing the health sector and making it into a centre for high-quality healthcare.

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