Kenya being a regional hub acting as a launch pad to eastern and central African markets has had its core selling point to investors, who have chosen it as their centre for regional operations. The fight against illicit trade and counterfeit goods and the immediate impact of the raids and arrests carried out sent a reverberated shockwave to the extent that many networks were unearthed. The raids conducted by multi agencies saw a number of expired items found – among them sanitary pads in go downs that were being repackaged to ‘Always’ branded sanitary towels targeting a large group of buyers who like using the brand.
As young women this poses as a health risk. In the meantime, research explains that expired pads may have unhealthy ramifications for the reason that there is a risk of bacteria growing on the pad, which could produce a fungal infection causing symptoms like itching and an increase in vaginal discharge.
It is therefore advisable that before purchasing the sanitary towels women should double check the expiry date. It’s equally important for young women to be aware of the health risks and for society to educate girls around issues of hygiene.
Followed by a good amount of public awareness on the dangers posed by counterfeit goods as well as the efforts by the government to ensure the safety and security of all citizens, baby diapers (cloth and disposable diapers) available in the Kenyan market today are no exception.
Their popularity because of their convenience and like any other baby clothing acting as a necessity to newborns, it remains a commodity that is on high demand battling a slice of the local market dominated by Chinese diapers soft care, proctor and gamble’s pampers, BB cool and huggies which are substandard compared to those manufactured by inter consumer products limited like pampers.
Wawang mosquito coils manufactured in China by Wawang Kenya Trade Co. LTD are locally distributed in Kenya. Having no standardization marks from KEBS and not being registered by Pest Control Products Board means that the product could be hazardous to consumers and with the recent outbreak of mysterious diseases, it’s prudent to tread carefully on cheap and easily available good which pose dangers to our health. Non-authorization from relevant government agencies shows a network of unscrupulous dealings.
Who is to blame? Is it PCBC, KEBS, KRA, DCI, EACC or the entire Enforcement Regulatory Authorities?substandard