Kaduna Residents Decry High Cost Of Condoms, Seek Subsidy

Kaduna Residents Decry High Cost Of Condoms, Seek Subsidy

Kaduna residents have expressed displeasure over the increased of condoms prices saying it will increase the spread of Human Immune Deficiency Syndrome, HIV, and other transmitted diseases especially among youths.

The condom users accused the patent medicine sellers of increasing the price of condom known to be the core preventive measure of the dreaded HIV, pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases in Kaduna.

But one of the patent medicine sellers in Sabon Tasha, Emeka Eze, speaking with LEADERSHIP said they sell condoms as been purchased from manufacturers.

Though, Eze admitted that a common condom pack containing three pieces inside is now sold at N150 or N200 against N100.

Eze blamed government for the increase of price:” We will selling a pack of an ordinary condom pack containing three pieces for N100 but now is N150 or N200, money has increased due to government alleged removal of subsidy on the product. Many international organisations were supplying the condoms at subsidised rate but since the economic challenges, i heard that they have stopped” he claimed.

A pharmacist, Joe Ago, said if not check, many will be at the risk of contracting HIV and other transmitted diseases:” Even when the price of condoms was low, some were not using it and imagine that the price of condoms have increased. I pray government look into it”

A condom user, who did not want his name in print urged the federal government to subsidise the product:” The price of condoms are going higher and there is need for the federal government and international NGOs as a matter of urgency look into the issue to bring the price down for average Nigerians to use. Apart from HIV and other infections many people use condoms for family planning” ENDs

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