Massive condom shortage hits Tanzania; government imports 30 million condoms

Massive condom shortage hits Tanzania; government imports 30 million condoms

- Government of Tanzania has reportedly imported 30 million condoms to help meet the high demands for the contraceptive product

- The shortage was so massive that prices of the product have reportedly also skyrocketed while government’s condom has also been affected

- A hotel worker has revealed that condoms are so expensive the hotel cannot afford to give the condom out for free

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The Government of Tanzania has reportedly imported 30 million condoms to help meet the high demands for the contraceptive product.

According to reports, the shortage was so massive that prices of the product have reportedly also skyrocketed while the government’s condom distribution initiative has also taken a nosedive as a result.

Assistant Health Minister, Dr Faustine Ndugulile, revealed that his people can now heave a sigh of relief since the government has decided to intervene.

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“We’ve ordered over 30 million condoms. What changed was the distribution model; previously there were some agencies distributing the condoms but things have changed and we now have new agencies mandated with the distribution.

A hotel worker has revealed that condoms are so expensive the hotel cannot afford to give the condom out for free.

“Some shops are selling condoms for 3,000 Tanzanian shillings ($1; £0.78), 5,000 or 10,000 Tanzanian shillings – depending on the brand. Customers must now have their own condoms because we can’t afford to give them out for free,” a hotel worker told BBC Swahili.

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In other news, Board Chairman, Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), Professor Emeritus Stephen Adei, has directed customs officials to re-direct all purported protocol clearance of goods to his office.

This according to Prof Adei would be part of measures to block revenue leakages within the Ghana Revenue Authority.

He gave this directive during a site visit to the Custom Division, Tema Collection, at the Port of Tema to interact with staff of the GRA.

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