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Condom Shortage Hits Kalangala Islanders

Akiza Aloysius a Village Health Team member at Nakatiba landing site says there has been shortage of condom distribution in the islands ever since the lockdown in March, 2020
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When the lockdown forced the country to cut out all non-essential activity and tied the people down to their locales, one of the great omissions that society is paying dearly for was provision of condoms. But for the islanders of the Kalangala archipelago even after the lifting of the total lockdown did not translate into the resumption of supplies. So the risks of unwanted pregnancies and disease transmission remain as high as they were during lockdown.

Akiza Aloysius, a Village Health Team member at Nakatiba landing site says there has been shortage of condom distributed in the islands ever since the lockdown in March, 2020.

This concern was underlined earlier this month on World AIDs day in a stakeholders meeting at Kalangala Forum of People Living with HIV/AIDs Network offices. 

Also the condom dispensers on every landing site which were used to be filled by NGOs are empty. 

This has tempted fishermen to ignore other preventive measures like abstinence which can control the spread of HIV/AIDs. 

But Namanda Margret the Kalangala Forum for People Living with HIV/AIDs Network Chairperson says, "We are embarking on supply of condoms since Uganda Cares has delivered them to Kalangala Health Center IV. We will refill all the dispensers and lodges where the condom consumption is high due to prostitution."

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Akiza Aloysius says are in landing sites, residents are only worried of getting babies, not diseases. He adds that women are at higher risks since they need money money and don't dare talk of precautions to the men they are going to sleep with. 

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At some health facilities, sex workers are charged a thousand shillings to be given condoms yet they are for Uganda Government. 

Nantongo Doreen a resident of Mwenna landing site in Kalangala Town Council says, sex workers have also raised concerns of being charged for condoms thus resorting to going without them. 

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However, Hadubi Godfrey the District Health Inspector says, Government has supplied some condoms to Health Center IV. 

We are planning to supply them on different Islands and in dispensers within the Town Council

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