Wednesday , January 20 2021

Increased condom on the rise

The National Relief Council has installed 400 condoms distributors in tertiary institutions, hospitals, hotels, drinking points and other public places in Zimbabwe as part of the efforts to stop the spread of HIV.

More units are expected next year, with public vehicles and service stations identified as possible sites.

Zimbabwe has the largest pick up of condoms in eastern and southern Africa.

According to the annual NAC 2017 report, female condoms had an absorption of 4.6 million against 109 million male condoms.

In an interview with The Sunday Mail, the communicator of the NAC, Tadiwa Nyatanga-Pfupa, said of the distributors: "Research and feasibility studies were conducted to determine the best positions to locate the machines. The specific population emphasized the need to preserve privacy when accessing to condoms.

The NAC Chivi District Aids Coordinator, Mr. Jonathan Mashingaidze, said that about 4,000 condoms can be administered at an hour in the Chivi Growth Point, which has the highest prevalence rate for HIV (14 percent) in the Masvingo province .

Statistics from the Ministry of Health and Children show that Matebeleland South has the highest prevalence rate in Zimbabwe (21 percent), followed by Matabeleland North (17.6), Mashonaland East (15, 2), Midlands (15) and Bulawayo (14.3 ), Mashonaland West (13.2), Masvingo and Harare (12.8), Mashonaland Central (11.9) and Manicaland (10.5).

The national prevalence rate is 14 percent.

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