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Chinese contraceptive pill worries State, medical bodies

DOREEN NAWA, Lusaka
GOVERNMENT and some medical bodies have raised concern and alarm over a Chinese contraceptive pill which is dispensed to Zambian women because the instructions and other information are in Chinese language.
The once-a-month single dose contraceptive pill is accessed by women at a cost of between K30 and K50.
Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary Kennedy Malama says all importation of medicines and medical devices are guided by specific rules and regulations, among which is the language of instruction.
“Reports of the Chinese contraceptive monthly single dose are worrying,” Dr Malama said.
He said that the fact that contraceptives are dispensed with labels in a foreign language means that it is in the country illegally.
Dr Malama has cautioned Zambian women taking the pill to stop immediately READ MORE

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