The Ministry of Health has prohibited the sale of codeine laced cough syrups on the open market in Ghana.

The Ministry, in an official instrument, has likewise limited the sale of tramadol in synthetic compounds shops the nation over.

In an statement issued by the Food and Drugs Authority, it said such medications won’t be renamed and apportioned as “Prescription Only Medicines”.

It additionally said they will not be recommended and apportioned at wellbeing offices beneath the level of District Hospitals.

“The Executive Instrument for the Restriction of Importation, Manufacture and Registration of Codeine containing Cough Syrups (E. I. 167) is declared.” Parts of the notice included “in further exercise of the forces gave on the Minister for Health for Health by segment 116 of the Public Health Act, 2012 (Act 851) the Executive Instrument for the Control of the Importation, Manufacture and Sale of Tramadol and Tramadol containing items (E. I168) is proclaimed.”