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South Africa recalls 20M condoms


JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (Reuters) -- South Africa's health department said on Tuesday it has recalled 20 million potentially defective condoms approved by an official accused of taking bribes from a manufacturer.

Unsafe sex is especially risky in South Africa, which has one of the world's highest HIV infection rates with an estimated 12 percent of its 47 million people infected with the virus.

There are up to 1,000 AIDS-related deaths in South Africa every day and free condom distribution is a crucial part of the government's efforts to combat the spread of the epidemic.

"An official of the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS), has put millions of people at risk by illegally passing millions of condoms, which had not met the quality assurance requirements," said health department spokesman Sibani Mngadi.

Mngadi said even though only a batch of 7 million condoms was affected, the department decided to recall all 20 million condoms supplied by the manufacturer since last year, and will no longer be dealing with that company.

The SABS official accused of taking bribes and two directors of the manufacturing company have been arrested and are out on bail, said the spokesman. They will be appearing in a Pretoria court on Sept. 10 to face charges of corruption and fraud.

The condoms did not meet several standard tests for strength, pressure and lubrication, said Mngadi.

The SABS Web site alerted the public, saying the faulty condoms were distributed by brand names including Ultramour, Randy Rat and Positions.

SABS said it had instructed Latex Surgical Products (LSP) to recall the condoms and that it would take legal action against the manufacturer.

The Health Department is also recalling condoms produced by LSP from its national HIV/AIDS supply chain.

LSP was not immediately available to comment.

Besides a struggling health-care system characterized by a lack of doctors and nurses, many of whom have left the country for better pay abroad, the fight against AIDS has been hampered by conflicting messages from senior government officials.

Researchers, scientists and health-care workers said in a conference in South Africa in June that they were encouraged by the government's fresh approach to the crisis and improved weapons to protect those most at risk of infection.

But fresh controversy over the government's AIDS policies has erupted.

President Thabo Mbeki sacked Deputy Health Minister Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge this month for insubordination, sparking an outcry from AIDS activists who strongly backed her policies and critics who say she was fired for political reasons.

Madlala-Routledge had clashed with Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang, dubbed "Dr Beetroot", who had horrified AIDS activists with her advocacy of garlic, lemon and African potatoes over conventional anti-retroviral drugs.

The health department said it does not know how many of the defective condoms have been used, and it is urging the public to return them.



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fro Wow! I'm no doctor...don't pretend to be. That said....of all the things that happens in the medical world...I DON'T TRUST THEM. This very thing reminds me of the birth control patch-Ortho Evra....now recalled. It promised women fewer periods and no worries but it didn't say this would cost your LIFE. The Ortho Evra patch was not monitored enough and was produced for general use...which is a mistake cuz women hormones levels are different per woman. How can one patch with one basic hormone level benefit ALL women? Not! That's why the Ortho Evra patch was recalled and many women are presently suing the company cuz of serious complications and death as a result of using it. I'm saying this cuz all this medical research and etc which promises to erase all if not most illness in my view is designed to keep that MONEY coming through. The term they use is "treatment." A very dangerous approach. Cuz it is known that those in the medical field care less about the patients. And both those in the medical field and the pharmacy industries care less if the medication given to patients has long term ramifications which MOST times are irreversible and DEADLY. I rather take my chances on lemon and garlic....cuz I know the doctors and pharmacy industries are NOT concern for my OVERALL health. They want that money to come in on a continuous basis. They know there are MANY illness and medical CONDITIONS that can be CURED... but who's gonna make money on that? Especially since slavery is no longer a lucrative entity. But the idea of making money off of human beings is STILL the goal of many "businesses." And I am ALWAYS skeptical when putting something unknown in my body....I don't take the doctor word for it. I ALWAYS RESEARCH....cuz I know what the bottom line is. People in power only care about making money on people not in power. This practice has been going on STRONG for centuries...JMHO. fro
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Originally posted by Yemaya:
Its disheartening, I don't know who's worse in this situation, the whites or the new black leaders in South Africa. Insane! This is textbook Frantz Fanon...


yeah The 'new Black leaders' are hand picked traitors who were installed by the former overt colinizers.... They are working for the same interests, and are equally bad IMO. Equally bad in the sense that they can both catch a bullet!
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Originally posted by Oshun Auset:
yeah The 'new Black leaders' are hand picked traitors who were installed by the former overt colinizers.... They are working for the same interests, and are equally bad IMO. Equally bad in the sense that they can both catch a bullet!



Tell us how you really feel, OA!! You know I hate when you hold back like that! Big Grin
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Originally posted by Oshun Auset:
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Originally posted by Yemaya:
Its disheartening, I don't know who's worse in this situation, the whites or the new black leaders in South Africa. Insane! This is textbook Frantz Fanon...


yeah The 'new Black leaders' are hand picked traitors who were installed by the former overt colinizers.... They are working for the same interests, and are equally bad IMO. Equally bad in the sense that they can both catch a bullet!


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