Ever wondered why those posters on the streets about Mganga Mashuhuri kutoka Dar, always have something about Kutibu Nguvu za Kiume?
There is a growing concern among doctors and researchers about the increasing number of Kenyan men who are not able to father children. According to a semen analysis study, conducted by researchers from Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), the number of men with the inability to produce sperms had almost doubled within five years.
As per the international standards, a man is said to have a low sperm count if they produce less than 15 million sperms per millilitre of semen, thus reducing their chances of being able to get a girl pregnant. Of the 85 men referred to in the study, 24% suffered from low sperm count and another 14% were not able to produce any sperms.
“This is a worrying development and we suspect the huge increase could be as a result of rising hard-to-treat sexually transmitted infections (STIs) like Gorrorhoea,” said Dennis Chalo a researcher at KEMRI.
60% of the men in the study were in a relationship having sired no child despite trying. 20% of those seeking answers had at least one child, and even those who had more still sought ways to be more fertile.
“This is an indication there is a big and growing male fertility problem out there and we need a well-organised response,” he added.
A study by our very own Professor George Magoha, a urologist by profession and the current Cabinet Secretary for Education publishes in 2016, in the East African Medical Journal revealed that a significant number of young men suffered from erectile problems, a majority due to diseases. This condition was also linked to the use of various medications, hard drugs, alcohol, and tobacco with higher risk among older and obese people.