Customs at South Africa’s main international airport seized hundreds of thousands of drugs from a drug that some claim is a “miracle” treatment for COVID-19.
South African police announced that the drugs suspected of being Ivermectin, worth 6 million rand (about 400,000 dollars), were confiscated at Johannesburg or Tambo International Airport in the past two weeks.
The police indicated that six suspected drug smugglers were arrested and charged with “carrying unregistered drugs and importing them without a license.”
He added that the drugs “are believed to be imported for the purpose of selling and were to be used in the treatment of Covid-19.”
And “Ivermectin” is an anti-parasite drug that some claim is a possible treatment for Corona virus, which has led to an increased demand for it, although studies confirm that there is insufficient evidence to promote it as a treatment for Covid-19.
The drug is mainly used to kill parasites such as lice in animals and humans, and has been widely distributed since the 1990s in sub-Saharan Africa to treat “onchocerciasis” or “river blindness”.