Chinese condom scandal in Ghana

18 Apr 2013, 17:06
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Chinese condom scandal in Ghana

The “Be safe” condoms series were confiscated by Ghana health service authorities after they were tested and found to be too small and not properly lubricated.


In Ghana, the practice of conducting tests on condoms, many of which are imported from China, is common.


"When we tested these condoms, we found that they are poor quality, can burst in the course of sexual activity, and have holes which expose the users to unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease," said Thomas Amedzro, head of drug enforcement department at the food and drugs administration.


"This is a huge, huge problem," said Faustina Fynn-Nyame, director of Marie Stopes International in Ghana.


"There will be a lot of unintended pregnancies as a result of this, and that means maternal mortality and unsafe abortion. Commercial sex workers also use these products [so] the consequences could be enormous."


The country's food and drugs administration (FDA) is currently investigating places where the condoms had been distributed before the official inspection took place. Is unknown how many of them reached the end-users and where exactly they went.


The FDA stated that flawed Be Safe products were brought to the country by Ghanaian company Global Unilink Ltd, which had acquired them from Harley Ltd, Kenya-based Indian company.


Amedzro said the FDA has traced the low-quality condoms back to the manufacturer, Henan Xibei Latex Company Limited, which is located in central Chinese Henan province.


"We want to get to the bottom of this, and to find out why all the condoms were not presented to us before they went out," said Amedzro.

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