"Small and leaky" Chinese Condoms put Ghanans at RISK!

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Port Moody, Canada

#1 Apr 18, 2013
Ghana seizes 1m faulty condoms imported from China

Ghana facing 'major public health issue' after condoms supplied to health service found to contain holes and burst easily

Afua Hirsch, west Africa correspondent
guardian.co.uk, Thursday 18 April 2013 14.28 BST

Women attend a health outreach point in Dodowa, near Accra. Health workers fear that a consignment of faulty condoms poses a major health risk. Photograph: PR

Ghana is facing a "major public health issue" after condoms supplied to the country's health service were found to contain holes and burst easily.

More than 1m "Be Safe" condoms have been impounded by the country's food and drugs authority (FDA), which said they were also too small and not adequately lubricated.

"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 at the FDA.


Port Moody, Canada

#2 Apr 18, 2013
But the FDA said it was investigating how an unknown number of condoms had been distributed to health centres around the country, before the tests were conducted. "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.

The FDA is recalling all Be Safe condoms on the market, and said it does not yet know how many have already been distributed. It is standard practice to conduct safety tests on condoms, many of which are imported from China.

The FDA said the faulty Be Safe consignment was imported by Global Unilink Ltd, a Ghanaian company, which had sourced them from an Indian company named Harley Ltd based in Kenya. Amedzro said the FDA has traced the condoms back to the original manufacturer, Henan Xibei Latex Company Limited, in Henan province, central China.

"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 companies involved in importing the condoms were not available to comment. But Be Safe condoms are reported to be widely used in Ghana, where they are distributed by state-run health centres. Previous batches are understood to have passed safety tests.

This is not the first scare surrounding condoms in sub-Saharan Africa. Last year, South Africa recalled more than 1m faulty ANC condoms, which the ruling party had given away.

"This is a major public health issue because of the implications," said Amedzro. "People use condoms to protect themselves against sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancy. If the condoms are not doing that, we could have increased [risk] of HIV and Aids, so that is a major concern."

Port Moody, Canada

#3 Apr 18, 2013
Henan Xibei Latex Company Limited, in Henan province, central China is state-owned.

So, the CCP thugs will deal with any Chinese who are infected from using these dangerous goods and then dare to complain, so they are just fine for China's domestic slaves...I mean consumers.

But Africans are free to complain and insist on quality.

...and a useable size of condom, of course.....
CCP poisoning CHINA

Port Moody, Canada

#4 Apr 23, 2013
In China, the CCP members themselves always buy safe imports of everything.

But the Chinese people are slaves and are forced to be "happy with crappy"!

Poor condomless China.

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