NDA warns of condom crisis in the country
Posted Wednesday, October 30 2013 at 02:00
Kampala- The National Drug Authority (NDA) has warned that the country could face a condom crisis if the consignment of more than 200 million condoms is not tested before the end of this year.
Dr Gordon Sematiko, the NDA executive director, told legislators on Parliament’s Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises, yesterday that the authority lacks adequate personnel to clear the stock at the stores.
“Right now, we have one staff in the condom unit who tests millions of condoms. For the unit to be more effective, it currently needs at least 16 people to run tests on each condom,” Dr Sematiko, revealed.
Dr Sematiko also said with the Christmas season less than two months away, the demand for condoms is expected to rise hence the need to avert any shortages.
“We must test them and have these consignments cleared before the festive season,” he added.
In July this year, parts of central Uganda, including Rakai, Masaka, Kalangala, Mayuge and Buikwe districts faced a condom shortage due to delays in testing by NDA on certification.
However, some MPs, including Mr Deogratius Kiyingi (Bukomansimbi County) questioned the authenticity of some condom types, revealing that many imported condoms are of low quality and could pose grave health risks.