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Health Minister warns against the use of drugs meant for animals in the treatment or prevention of Covid-19

Written by on January 27, 2021

Health Minister Dr Jonas Chanda has warned against the use of drugs meant for animals to treat or prevent Covid-19 in Zambia. Dr Chanda is worried that some people are using Ivermectin, a drug which in Zambia is registered and authorized for veterinary use only.


He urged Zambians to desist from taking drugs meant for animals to treat or prevent Covid-19 because their safety and effectiveness has only been evaluated for animal species and can cause serious harm to humans.


Dr Chanda further stated that self-medication carries numerous risks including; incorrect self-diagnosis, potential adverse reactions and dangerous drug resistance.


Dr Chanda also announced that Zambia has in the last 24 hours recorded 1, 289 new Covid-19 cases and 16 deaths. 308 people are said to be on oxygen therapy with 48 of them in critical condition.


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