Zimbabwe: Medical Council Warns Over Social Media Adverts of False Covid-19 Treating Drugs

21 January 2021

THE Medical and Mental Practitioners Council of Zimbabwe has warned the public over social media adverts by some unscrupulous medical practitioners claiming to be able to treat Covid-19 using Ivermectin, Doxycycline and Nano Silver.

In a statement Wednesday, the medical council dismissed claims that the drugs could be used as treatment for the deadly virus and warned practitioners to stop taking advantage of the pandemic to make profits.

"It is common widespread advertising on social media by some medical practitioners claiming to be able to treat Covid-19 using Ivermectin, Doxycycline and Nano Silver.

"Various packages have been put out in the media for prevention and treatment.

"Ivermectin is an old drug that is used to treat parasitic infections and is not currently registered by the Medicines Control Authority of Zimbabwe (MCAZ) for the treatment of Covid-19 patients in Zimbabwe and elsewhere in the world.

"Nano silver is again not registered for the use of treating Covid-19," read the circular.

It continued, "Council has it on record that on 7 August 2020 Alpha Clinic was guaranteed to import specified quantities of this drug from South Africa strictly for research purposes and this licence was valid for 2 months.

"The MCAZ has also issued warnings against using veterinary ivermectin in human beings as they pose great danger to life.

"It must be noted that Doxycycline is a restricted prescription drug not to be sold to any person/practitioner.

"Practitioners are therefore warned against taking advantage of the sick and desperate members of the public during this deadly pandemic."

Zimbabwe has recorded over 800 Covid-19 deaths as infections soar during the current second wave of the pandemic.

Government early this month imposed yet another 30-day national lockdown period to curb the further spread of the deadly virus.

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