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Africa News of Tuesday, 23 November 2021


Kenya records alarming shortage of condoms

Display of condoms | File photo Display of condoms | File photo

Kenyans have been urged to turn to other alternatives as the country experiences an acute shortage of condoms.

The National Aids and STIs Control Programme (Nascop), the government agency in charge of HIV / AIDS fight, has expressed concern over the shortage.

A BBC report stated that, the shortage has been attributed to high taxes imposed on the commodity even though they are usually donor-funded.

Earlier this year, a tax dispute between the government and donors who import anti-HIV drugs led to a shortage of the commodity, the report added.

Public places that previously offered free condoms on their premises have seized doing so because of the shortage.

The East African giant requires an estimated 455 million condoms yearly but records show that the government only provides 1.6 million per month.