KAMPALA, UGANDA: Bukomansibi South Member of Parliament (MP), Hon Geofrey Kayemba Solo has decried the small-sized condoms distributed by the National Medical Stores (NMS) saying these do not fit the men in his constituency.
During a parliamentary session on Wednesday, Kayemba said the issue, which he believes to be of national importance follows concerns raised by multiple men from constituents about the inadequately sized condoms supplied.
“I got a complaint that they brought condoms of small sizes which could not fit users. At the end of the day, they didn’t use them; they burnt them & I am sure some people lost their lives,” Kayemba told the parliament.
In response, Deputy Speaker, Hon Thomas Tayebwa directed the issue to the Parliament’s Committee on HIV/AIDS and recommended that both Kayemba and NMS officials be called upon by the committee to provide clarity on the situation and work towards an appropriate solution.
The NMS is responsible for the procurement, storage, and distribution of essential medicines and medical supplies to all public health facilities throughout the country.
It is not the first time the penis size issue has been raised to condom manufacturers and distributors.
In 2006, Medical Research found 60% of men in Uganda had penises at least 2.4 centimetres (one inch) shorter than international condom sizes, and that for 30% of men, the size deficit was five centimeters (two inches).