Zimbabwe’s Health Minister, David Parirenyatwa, says that condoms that are made in China are too small for the men in the African nation.
After the complaint was made by Minister David, a Chinese condom manufacturer said they are considering making their products in different sizes.
Minister David made the remarks during an event in Harare, a capital city when he was promoting the prevention of HIV and Aids.
During the conference, Minister David said, “The southern African region has the highest incidence of HIV and we are promoting the use of condoms.”
Minister David added, “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.”
The minister also said companies in Zimbabwe should be making condoms so its citizens and tourists can buy locally made products.
Zhao Chuan, the chief executive of the condom manufacturer Beijing Daxiang and His Friends Technology Co, said they are going to make condoms in bigger sizes.
In a statement Zhao made, he said, “As to the different demands from customers such as in Zimbabwe, Daxiang, as a Chinese manufacturer, has the ability and the obligation to make a contribution, so we have started to do some surveys on users’ data in the region to make preparations for future products with different sizes.”
The Chinese company said countries from all over the world have different requirements when it comes to condoms.
Zhao said Chinese men want thinner condoms and Americans like softer ones.
13.5 percent of the adult population in Zimbabwe is infected with HIV/Aids, this makes it one of the worst affected countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.
With the proper use of condoms, the infection could be stopped from getting passed on to different adults.
According to reports, China is one of the world’s largest condom producers, making 3 billion of them per year.
China has nearly 300 condom manufacturers.