David Parirenyatwa, Zimbabwe’s health minister, said that the contraceptives manufactured in China were too small for the African nation’s male population. The country imports its condoms from Beijing Daxiang and His Friends Technology Co. in China.
“The southern African region has the highest incidence of HIV and we are promoting the use of condoms,” Parirenyatwa was quoted as saying during an event in Zimbabwe’s capital Harare last week. The event was held for HIV/AIDS prevention awareness.
Men in Zimbabwe couldn’t fit into condoms made in China.
“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 health minister added that companies in Zimbabwe should consider making condoms instead of relying on imports.
This prompted Zhao Chuan, the chief executive of Beijing Daxiang and His Friends Technology Co., to reply via email.
Zhao said to the South China Morning Post:
“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.”
He added that men around the world have different requirements when it comes to their contraceptives.
Men in North America prefer a softer contraceptive while Chinese men are into thinner condoms as they don’t have to worry about size.
Zimbabwe has one of the top five condom importers in the world, according to media reports. The nation is one of the Sub-Saharan African countries heavily affected by HIV/AIDS. An estimated 13.5 percent of its adult population has the virus. Promoting the use of condoms has become the key to limit further infections.
Size comparison of condoms.
Meanwhile, China is one of the top producers of condoms in the world, according to National Health and Family Planning Commission.
Amazing Speedy K-9 Unit Ends Police Pursuit After Taking Down Fleeing Suspect
Look at him fly!
A man who reportedly assaulted a police officer led authorities to go on a wild chase in California on Monday evening. The police pursuit started from Santa Ana to Irvine, where it ended badly for the suspect.
The suspect, later on, identified as Antonio Padilla, Jr., ditched a car he'd carjacked earlier to escape authorities. But what he didn't expect was that a really fast K-9 unit would take him down.
The wild chase ended when the carjacker ditched the vehicle and tried to escape police.
UK Set To Ban Plastic Drinking Straws Across The Country
“For most of us, they’re just a convenience. For wildlife, they are killers,” said Environment Secretary Michael Gove.
The United Kingdom is taking a big step towards addressing pollution by banning plastic drinking straws across the country in the near future. According to Environment Secretary Michael Gove, this is being done to resolve serious environmental concerns.
In a report by the Marine Conservation Society, it is estimated that UK gets about 8.5 billion straws every year and these straws are among the top 10 waste items found during beach cleanups. Straws – which usually require over two centuries to disintegrate - are likewise hazardous to marine life since sea creatures mistake them for food.
Banning plastic straws is a good thing.
People Are Calling For Child-Free Zones In Flights
Many people would even pay extra money to stay in child-free flights.
Have you tried sitting next to a toddler or a child who's irritable or having tantrums mid-flight? In all honesty, it's quite stressful, right? Well, you're not alone. Apparently, many other individuals are calling airlines to provide child-free zones on planes.
This might not sit well with parents out there. However, a recent survey by Airfarewatchdog found that about 52 percent of airline passengers would actually pay to stay in child-free zones.