London: Egypt Prime Minister Hisham Qandil has caused an outrage after blaming a diarrhoea epidemic sweeping through rural areas on women not keeping their breasts clean.
Qandil said that he had witnessed children suffering from diarrhoea immediately after they had been breastfed because their mothers hadn't cleaned themselves probably, the Daily Mail reported.
He added that many women in rural Egypt don't even bother to clean their breasts at all before feeding their youngsters.
Qandil was speaking about the spate of recent epidemics in Egypt's rural communities during an address at a cabinet meeting.
Women members present were noticeably uncomfortable as Qandil made the comments, according to an online report from International Business Times.
Qandil previously caused widespread anger by offering a bizarre solution to Egypt's power crisis.
He urged the Egyptians to wear cotton clothes and gather in a single room to conserve power.