Ethiopia will discard 69 million imported condoms that turned out to be defective, officials said Friday.
The condoms were imported this year at a cost of 2 million dollars, financed by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
"Some of the batches of condoms that we tested have turned out to have holes," senior health official Bikila Bayisa told dpa. The condoms were also found to rupture easily.
The condoms were due to be sold at subsidized prices to combat HIV, which affects 1.1 per cent of the 94-million population, according to government figures.
Officials declined to name the condom manufacturer, but media reports said it was an Indian company.
Deputy Health Minister Kebede Worku said the manufacturer had been asked to replace the condoms.
"But the company insisted on a second check to be conducted on the condoms with a third party," he told dpa.
Worku said the company would be held accountable under Ethiopian law.