Already facing widespread calls for her resignation, embattled South Korean president Park Gyeun-hye now has to deal with revelations that she has been stocking hundreds of viagra pills.

Officials who were investigating corruption allegations against her found the blue pills – usually used to treat erectile dysfunction, in her offices.

The South Korean leader is under fire following claims that she allowed her close friend Choi Soon-sil to inform government decisions. There are also allegations that Choi and two other presidential aides have bullied companies into giving tens of millions of dollars to foundations and businesses Choi controlled.

Back to the pills, the presidential office confirmed that it indeed bought 364 viagra pills, apparently to deal with altitude sickness during the president’s official visit to East Africa.

Among the countries she visited were Kenya, Ethiopia and Uganda. The capitals of these three countries are almost 2 kilometres above sea level.

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According to the Washington Post, South Korean doctors sometimes prescribe Viagra-style drugs to climbers because they are believed to be effective in preventing altitude sickness.

The discovery created a frenzy in South Korea forcing the government to come out and clarify. Jung Youn-kuk, a spokesman for the presidency said that the pills were not used.

The presidential office also purchased a variety of injection drugs used for fatigue and anti-aging treatment, according to the office of lawmaker Kim Sanghee. Park’s spokesman explained that the presidential office purchases drugs for the president’s entire staff including security officers.

This new viagra controversy is the latest in a series of scandals surrounding Park. Already, members of the opposition party plus some from her own part are drafting an impeachment motion.