Unapproved Covid-19 drugs have hit a sprouting black market that is fleecing unsuspecting people countrywide.
The ferocious new Covid-19 wave mean boom times for profit gougers as sales and advertisements for unconventional treatments are prevailing on various social media platforms.
Black marketers for coronavirus drugs are selling antiparasitic medications such as Ivermectin, a drug used to treat several neglected tropical diseases, including onchocerciasis, helminthiases, and scabies.
“Those who want Covid-19 tablets Ivermectin, very fast recovery and treats. hit me up my inbox.
“Kunatira kwabuditswa mugame ne ivermectin,” reads one WhatsApp advert.
In an interview, Health and Child Care Deputy Minister Dr John Mangwiro said people must seek official medical assistance in the midst of the Cocid-19 pandemic.
“As a Ministry, we encourage people to avoid unconventional means of medication.
“We follow the guidelines of the World Health Organisation and proper way of dispensing medicines.