Business News of 2014-03-10

Invest in packaging of products — Prof. Edoh

The Director of the Centre for Plant Medicine Research (CPMR), Prof. Dominic Edoh, has asked local herbal medicine manufacturers to invest more in the packaging of their products.

That, he said, would not only pave the way for products from the country to meet international standards, but also offer local manufacturers the chance to compete effectively in the global market.

Prof. Edoh made the recommendation after the CPMR handed over items worth GH¢4,000 to three educational institutions in the Eastern Region.

The three institutions—the Akropong School for the Blind, Demonstration School for the Deaf and the Secondary Technical School for the Deaf—shared among themselves 200 bags of sachet water, 10 bags of rice, 10 bags of maize and six bags of sugar.

The donation formed part of the CPMR’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) and commitment towards institutions in the region.

According to Prof. Edoh, most local herbal medicines fail to meet international standards because of poor packaging and lack of scientific data on the products.

“Although most of the orthodox medicines are of quality standards, the lack of effective packaging continues to affect local companies. We must repackage our products if the country is really serious about development,” he said.

Prof. Edoh added that since its establishment, the CPMR, which used to be called the Centre for Scientific Research into Plant Medicine (CSRPM), had performed its task to ensure that herbal products that entered the market were of high quality.

The headmistress of the Demonstration School for the Deaf, Madam Regina Danquah, thanked the CPMR for the items, and gave an assurance that they would be used for the intended purpose.

She said the school was established in 1967 with nine students, and the number had since increased to 381, with the major source of revenue being mainly government subventions and public support.

Madam Danquah mentioned the lack of accommodation and bad roads as the school’s major problems.