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UGANDA: Condom shortage claims rejected


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JOHANNESBURG, 31 August (PLUSNEWS) - The Ugandan government has rejected claims by US health activists that the country has been facing a condom shortage for the past 10 months.

According to the US-based Centre for Health and Gender Equity, the shortage has been fuelled by programmes promoting abstinence rather than safer sex.

However, a senior official in the Ugandan Ministry of Health said the east African country had enough condoms to last until the end of 2005, despite average monthly consumption of about five million sheaths.

The Minister of State for Health, Mike Mukula, told the local Monitor newspaper, "We have enough condoms. We just procured 65 million condoms about two months ago and another 80 million is on the way, so there is no shortage of condoms in the country."

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