The vice president of the Republic of Ghana, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has confidently promised all data users in Ghana that, the government has started broad consultations with industry players to work out modalities meant to bring the cost of data low as much as possible and to make spectrum more available to telecommunication companies in the country.

When He was lecturing a public gathering as part of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the pharmaceutical Society of Ghana under the theme: “Pharmacy in a Digital World,” Dr. Bawumia stated that, at the heart of the digital economy and the quest to digitize the country is the availability of reliable and affordable data to the populist.

“I had a meeting with [the CEO of MTN] Selorm, and our question was how do we bring down the cost of data and how to increase coverage because of the whole roadmap towards digitization centers around some of these critical questions. It was very clear that in trying to bring down the cost of data, the government would have to make spectrum a bit more easily available,” Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia said.

Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia praised the developer of the mobile app known as MedRx, Pharmacist Hayford Brako, for developing the app that basically aims at bringing pharmacy services, availability of specific drugs and the location of pharmacies to the doorstep of the application users regardless of their geographical location in Ghana.

“I am very impressed with what you are doing and I would like us to have a meeting and see how we can support you because I see a lot of potentials to help ordinary people and I think we need to encourage people like this who have spent so much into developing such innovative products,” He said.

He further specified that the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana is hoping to establish through a model pharmacy concept, one model pharmacy per district in Ghana (1MP1D).

The CEOs of MTN Ghana, Selorm Adadevor; MedRx, Hayford Brako; Nyaho Medical Centre, Dr. Elikem Tamakloe and the Head of Operations for Zipline, Daniel Marfo, in a panel discussion, proposed various ways technology can be used to improve the Pharmacist-Patient relationship and the Pharmacy business in general.