Zimbabwe’s health minister David Parirenyatwa has called on local businessmen to set up condom production in the country because the ones imported from China are too small.
He said this at the recent launch of a new board for the Zimbabwe Private Sector HIV and Aids Wellness Coordinating Programme (ZPSHAWP) in Harare.
“You know this region, the Southern African region, has the highest incidence of HIV and we are promoting the use of condoms; both males and females.
“The youths now have a particular condom that they like but we don’t manufacture them. We import condoms from China and some men complain that they are too small.
“We need to look at that; you need to able to have your own condoms. So, if you want to be a big businessman, then manufacture them (condoms) for the region.” he said
Zimbabwe has the sixth highest HIV prevalence in sub-Saharan Africa at 13.5%, with 1.3 million people living with the virus in 2016.