Acute shortages of imported condoms in Zimbabwe’s second capital city, Bulawayo, have left health activists and medical practioners scratching their heads over finding solutions for alternative male contraceprives.
Reports said some supermarkets and pharmacies have run out of the most-liked imported brands normally selling for $2 but now fetching at least $5 in the black market.
Health activists have warned city residents to take the necessary precautions as they risk contracting deadly sexually transmitted diseases.
Some organizations supply free condoms which are not as popular as the imported brands.
Matabeleland Aids Council manager Chrispen Ngulube told VOA reporter Tatenda Gumbo clients must find alternative means of preventing the contraction of sexually transmitted diseases.
Chairman of the Zimbabwe Association of Doctors for Human Rights Dr. Douglas Gwatidzo said people must not lose sight of their health due to shortages of popular condom brands in the city.