As the world marks World Health Day on April 7, pharmaceutical giant, Ernest Chemists Limited (ECL), has launched a new herbal cough remedy, Honeykof Herbal Cough Syrup at its East Legon branch.

It is the newest addition to Ernest Chemists Limited’s wide range of pharmaceutical products manufactured locally in Ghana.

In support of the theme for the celebrations, ‘Building a fairer, healthier world’, ECL continues to contribute to the attainment of SDG Goal 3, helping to bridge the gap in health inequities, by making quality and affordable medicine accessible to everyone.

The CEO of Ernest Chemists unveiling the product

The General Manager for Manufacturing for the company, Nana Yaw Nyako-Sefah, gave the opening remarks on the manufacturing history of the company over the past 20 years.

He added that “Honeykof is made with natural cough remedies trusted for years, such as Honey, Ginger, Basil leaves, Violets, Long pepper and liquorice.”

He further added that, Honeykof is an innovative herbal cough remedy because it’s honey-based, non-drowsy, sugar-free, a non-addictive formula and provides fast relief from cough, sore throat and throat irritation.  

Mr Nyako-Sefah gave the general public the assurance that Honeykof has undergone rigorous testing and research by the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) and the Centre for Plant Medicine and Research (CPMR), Mampong and Ernest Chemists Limited will continue to provide quality and affordable medicines as it has done over the years.

Mr. Nyarko-Sefah, General Manager, Manufacturing- ECL

Yvonne Nkrumah, the Deputy Chief Executive of Corporate Services at the FDA, confirmed the statement of the General Manager for Manufacturing and assured the public of the quality and efficacy of the product.

She also congratulated Ernest Chemists Limited for manufacturing its first herbal product and commended their efforts.

Guests and media present at the launch

She used the opportunity to remind the general public to look out for the FDA registration number when purchasing any locally manufactured herbal product and urged all stakeholders in the herbal industry to always rely on the partnership of the Food and Drugs Authority.

The Executive Director, Centre for Plant Medicine and Research (CPMR), Dr Kofi Barimah, lauded Ernest Chemists Limited for ensuring that Ghanaians have herbal cough product and certified that the product went through their research centre at Mampong and as a board member of the Food and Drugs Authority, he can attest to the effectiveness of the herbal product.


The product was unveiled by the Chief Executive Officer of Ernest Chemists Limited, Ernest Bediako Sampong with the support of the Executive Director of CPMR and the Deputy Chief Executive, Corporate Services, FDA.

The launch came to a close with an in-store display/exhibition of HoneyKof Herbal Cough Syrup.