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Fishermen use polythene bags as condoms

18 September 2014, 18:32 Godfrey Olukya

Kampala - Members of Parliament representing fishing communities in Uganda and health officials working on Islands revealed that there is acute shortage of condoms among fishermen, forcing them to use polythene bags while playing sex.

During their meeting on Monday, they also said some fishermen are complaining that the condoms supplied by the ministry of health are too small to accommodate their manhood.

One of the health officials, John Kisitu said, ''The situation is terrible. Some men on the Islands have resorted to using polythene bags. They use rubber bands to fasten them around their organs.''

Kisitu said that a good number of fishermen claim that they do not use condoms because they do not fit on their organs.

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''I assume that most of those who claim so might not have used condoms and talk out of ignorance,''  he said.

One condom per month

MP Lulume Bayiga accused the government for not importing enough condoms.

''Only 20 million condoms are procured per month yet there are about 20 million sexually active Ugandans. That means each person gets one condom per month which is inadequate,'' he noted.

Authorities in Uganda are following up on allegations that there is a shortage of condoms especially on the Islands in Lake Victoria. They are also to verify whether some condoms are undersize and cannot fit some fishermen as they claim.

Multiple sex partners

While speaking on phone Thursday, the Minister of State for health, Sarah Opendi said that it is unfortunate to hear that there is a shortage of condoms especially among fishermen.

She said, ''We are going to following it up. The fishing community is known for being very sexually active and we are focusing on it as far as fighting HIV/AIDs is concerned.''

She said that although the MPs of the affected areas are concerned and aired the problems of their constituents in their meeting, they have not officially approached her ministry yet.

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She blamed district health officers for not notifying the ministry of health in time whenever there is a shortage of condoms.

Opendi blamed the fishing community for overindulging in multiple sex.

''I hear that one woman on the Island can sleep with ten fishermen in one day, which is very dangerous especially if there is shortage of condoms,'' said Opendi.

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