On Wednesday, Global Health Charity Marie Stopes said that it had recalled thousands of faulty condoms on sale in Uganda, where HIV rates are among the highest across the globe.
The recall of faulty condoms followed by a warning from the National Drug Authority (NDA) in Uganda, stated that the LifeGuard Brand’s condoms have failed the “quality tests” as they contained holes and may burst.
The faulty condoms were manufactured by India-based MHL Healthcare in April 2019 and have an expiry date of April 2024, said the government regulator.
Uganda-based Marie Stopes’ spokesperson David Kamu told sources that the two affected batches each continued over 400000 condoms.
Earlier reports have recommended millions of condoms have been involved but NDA spokesperson Fred Ssekyana told that the figure was below 1 million.
It continued that over half of the faulty condoms of concern has been recalled.
On Tuesday, Global Health Charity’s Country Director Carole Sekimpi said that “while the LifeGuard brand follows strict quality controls, unfortunately, two recent batches have fallen short of the quality we demand.”
Marie Stopes is one of the largest and most specialized sexual reproductive health organization in Uganda.
According to UNAIDS, over 1.4 million Ugandans are living with HIV.
In 2018, 53000 people were newly infected with the diseases in the East African Nation, said the UN Agency.