Dr. Samuel Nkansah, Technical Service Advisor and Consultant to the Committee for Vaccine Production in Ghana, has been awarded a Doctor of Business Administration by the University of Phoenix in Arizona, USA. Dr. Nkansah’s role on the committee is to develop a roadmap for vaccine production and manufacturing in Ghana by December 2023. He has over 25 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry and has worked with companies such as GlaxoSmithKline in West Africa.
Dr. Nkansah’s dissertation was titled “Evaluation of Generic Prescribing Patterns of Physicians in Selected Ghana Health Facilities: A Correlational Methodology”. He published a scientific article based on his dissertation in the Journal of Generic Medicines in November 2021 titled “Adherence to a Public Policy on the Use of Generic Medicines in a Developing Country”.
Currently, Dr. Nkansah is the technical adviser and consultant for GIZ to upgrade and build the capacity of the Food and Drugs Authority to meet international standards for vaccine regulation. He is also the lead consultant for the Total Family Health Organisation-Community Practice Pharmacists’ Association project to increase COVID-19 vaccine uptake in second cycle and tertiary institutions.
In addition, Dr. Nkansah was the lead consultant for the TFHO-Pharmacy Council in a similar project to raise public awareness about taking the COVID-19 vaccine through over-the-counter medicine services. He also established Samaholdings Limited in 2018, which provides consultancy services for pharmaceutical companies and a hospitality corporation by guiding them with business plans for other West African markets.
For the most part, Dr. Nkansah has been an instrumental figure in the pharmaceutical industry in West Africa. His work on vaccine production and regulation will go a long way in ensuring that Ghana has the capability to manufacture and produce its own vaccines. Dr. Nkansah’s expertise and experience have been invaluable in these projects, and we can only expect great things to come from his continued efforts.