Donor Drugs Hawked on Black Market: Mozambique

by VR Sreeraman on Aug 26 2007 11:16 AM

Large amounts of drugs which have been imported into Mozambique with the aid of the international community end up being sold on the black market at home and abroad, the health minister said on Friday.

"This growing practice of diverting drugs of our national health system, is carried out with the connivance of government officials who belong to well structured gangs," Ivo Garrido told journalists.

"They even use heavy tonnage vehicles to ferry the stolen drugs to neighbouring countries, particularly Malawi, where they are sold," he said.

The minister added that "certain drugs are illegally sold in the informal sector of Mozambique."

He called on government employees and members of the public to report anyone who was involved in the theft of the drugs.