Zimbabwean health minister David Parirenyatwa has reportedly challenged local companies to consider manufacturing condoms domestically, as condoms made in China are too small for its men.
The minister made the statement at the launch of a new board for the HIV and Aids Wellness Coordinating Programme (ZPSHAWP) in Harare, the country’s capital, reports local news portal newzimbabwe.com.
According to the report, Zimbabwe has the sixth highest HIV figures in sub-Saharan Africa at 13.5 percent, with 1.3m people living with the virus in 2016.
Condoms are one of the key measures being used in the country by governmental and development partners in the fight against HIV.
“The southern African region has the highest incidence of HIV and we are promoting the use of condoms,” Parirenyatwa was quoted as saying.
“Youths now have a particular condom that they like, but we don’t manufacture them. We import condoms from China and some men complain they are too small.”
“If you want to be a big businessman, then manufacture them for the region,” he added.
Early in January this year, millions of fake brand-name condoms, including Durex, Okamoto and Jissbon, were seized by Chinese police.
The fakes, estimated to be worth 5m yuan (US$771,000), are believed to have been sold across China through online channels.
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