Condom Stock Out Hits Bukwo Hospital

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Johnson Zakayo, the case manager at the Antiretroviral Treatment-ART Clinic in Bukwo General Hospital, says none of the health facilities in the district has condoms.

Bukwo General Hospital has not had condom supplies for close to five months. Information from the hospital indicates that condoms were last seen at the hospital in July this year. 
At the hospital, empty condom dispensers are seen hanging in different places.  

Some of the dispenser are covered with cobwebs and while others are rusting, a sign of redundancy.  Stephen Yeko, one of the youth in Bukwo Town Council, says he has given up on checking for condoms at the General Hospital.  

"Every time I come here, I don't see any condoms in those containers. I feel these people just want us to die of HIV. When I ask some of the nurses, they tell me to abstain or marry and be faithful to my wife but am still planning my marriage" he said.

Johnson Zakayo, the case manager at the Antiretroviral Treatment-ART Clinic in Bukwo General Hospital, says none of the health facilities in the district has condoms. 

He explains that more than ten youth come asking for condoms daily at the facility.


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Condoms are recommended for use in the fight against sexually transmitted diseases such HIV and unwanted pregnancies. 

Dr. Collins Satya, the Acting Bukwo District Health Officer, says the hospital has only had the condom stock out for two months. 

He attributes the stock out to the shortage of condoms across the country. He explains that the district is expecting condoms once they are made available from the center.