TMDA removes 17, 000 unregistered condoms from the market

28Jul 2020
Michael Sikapundwa
MOROGORO
The Guardian
TMDA removes 17, 000 unregistered condoms from the market

THE Tanzania Medicines and Medical Devices Authority (TMDA) has removed from the market a total of 17, 076 packets of fake and unregistered condoms in the 2019/2020 financial year.

TMDA Acting Director of Medical Products, Akida Khea.

According to TMDA Acting Director of Medical Products, Akida Khea, the condoms were of various trade brands including Lifeguard, Chishango, Pudence, Ultimate and Maximum Classic which were already distributed and sold at different markets across the country.

Khea made the revelation when addressing participants during the TMDA task force meeting held in Morogoro on Tuesday.

He noted that the counterfeit condoms were smuggled into the country, insisting the authority was not aware of their existence at market places until its officials conducted an inspection which led to the detection of the sub-standard products.

“We normally conduct inspections of both imported and exported medicines and medical devices products at the ports and borders with neighbouring countries. But, sometimes unfaithful traders use illegal routes to smuggle the sub-standard products into the country,” said Khea.

He added that the presence of counterfeit and unregistered condoms at the market was consumers at a risk of contracting sexually transmitted diseases and HIV/Aids.

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