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Govt urged to address looming shortage of condoms

05 November 2013, 17:33 Kelvin Wanjohi

Nairobi - The Network of People Living with HIV/AIDs (NEPHAK) have urged the government to address the looming shortage of male and female condoms in government hospitals by preparing a supplementary budget in due course.

Speaking in Nairobi on Tuesday, NEPHAK Executive Director, Paul Otwoma, said that the government should hasten the procurement of condoms to avoid a stockout to reduce dangers of more people contracting STD’s especially HIV/AIDs during the period.

Otwoma said that the shortage of condoms was expected to start in December this year and this may lead to a crisis due to the risks involved when people indulge in unprotected sex.

“We demand that the government prepare a supplementary budget to secure funds to import condoms and should not necessarily depend on donor funds to buy them. The health of Kenyans should not be taken for granted since a healthy nation is a working nation,” said Otwoma.

At the same time, he said that as an organization, they have written to the Cabinet Secretary for health, Dr. James Macharia, requesting him to make health a National government's docket instead of fully devolving it since there are no proper preparations at the County level, with some counties even lacking basic health equipment and facilities.

He demanded that the government start supplying public health facilities with female condoms since it only supplies male condoms, saying that the female population is actually the one at a greater risk.

Women Living with Aids (WLA) chairperson, Njoki Otieno, warned the government of a looming crisis in the prevalence of HIV/AIDs saying that the government should be proactive and committed fully towards the elimination of the disease in the society.

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