Kenya’s condom supply not ruptured – Macharia

, Cabinet Secretary for Health James Macharia says the country only requires 180 million condom's annually and the ministry had procured almost 190 million to cover up to end of January next year/FILE

, Cabinet Secretary for Health James Macharia says the country only requires 180 million condom’s annually and the ministry had procured almost 190 million to cover up to end of January next year/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 30 – The government has now refuted media reports that the country is likely to face shortage of condoms.

In a statement sent to newsrooms, Cabinet Secretary for Health James Macharia says the country only requires 180 million condom’s annually and the ministry had procured almost 190 million to cover up to end of January next year.

“I would like to reassure the general public that there is no cause for panic. We are certain that the 52 million condoms from the Department for International Development (DFID) will be in the country before December this year thereby boosting our stocks to last up to June 2014,” he assured.

“However, I would like to make it clear that other sustainable mechanisms of funding for condoms and other health commodities are being explored to avoid over reliance on development partners.”

He said the national government was already negotiating for a grant to fund the 2014-2016 condom supply.

“We have 65 million condoms available at our regional depots and we expect 52 million more from the United Kingdom’s Department for DFID,” he stated.

He further said there were plans for emergency procurement of condoms by January 2014 through United Nations Population Fund.

Macharia however noted that under the new dispensation of devolved government, it was now a function of county governments to provide condoms.

“County governments are being engaged and facilitated to procure Reproductive Health and HIV commodities for their respective counties,” he said.

He noted that condoms were essential tools for HIV prevention and control.