The Cocoa Clinic in Accra, has retrieved GH˘30,000 worth of unused medicines from individual homes within the metropolis.
The medicines, numbering over 100 and weighing about 74 kilos, have been forwarded to the Food and Drugs Board for destruction.
They include antibiotics, pain killers, drugs for treatment of and diabetics and some anti-hypertensives.
The exercise of an initiative launched, by the hospital dubbed: “Disposal of Unused/unwanted Medicines Programme (DUMP).
The Chief Pharmacist of the Clinic, Mr. Edward Amporful, disclosed this to the Times after a forum, organised by the hospital to sensitise traders at the Kaneshie market on the need to dispose of such unwanted medicines.
He pointed out that unused medicines posed danger to the health of people explaining that medicines changes when not stored appropriately and thus became toxic and dangerous to human health.
Mr. Amporful said expired medicines used by unsuspecting people could lead to poisoning and death.
“The abuse of these drugs can harm the lever and cause heart failure. It can also destroy the kidneys and cause stomach ulcer,” he stated,and
appealed to the traders to return all unwanted medicines to the clinic to safeguard their health.
He appealed to the Ministry of Health to make it a policy for patients to return unused medicines and drop them into dustbins placed at vantage points at all the health facilities in the country.
He said the clinic would carry out similar exercise at James Town, Maamobi, La, Osu and Adabraka markets.