Governor James Ongwae Requests for More Condom Supply in Kisii

  • Kisii Governor James Ongwae on Wednesday ordered Health Officers to increase the supply of condoms across the County.

    Speaking during the launch of drugs and medical equipment worthy Ksh100 million at Kisii Teaching and Referral Hospital, Ongwae urged Kenyans not to shy away from speaking on HIV/Aids. 

    The County boss stated: "Aids has caused family breakups and the existence of several orphans. If we don't talk about it we will end up losing an entire generation. The figures are high and it is fair that we talk about." 

    He maintained that part of the consignment disbursed includes condoms which will be dispatched to all Health centres in the County. 

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    Governor Ongwae further stated: "Let them go down to the community. This is not a laughing matter but an issue that requires teamwork among stakeholders."

    The National Aids Control Council revealed that more than 300,000 young people aged between 0-24 years were living with HIV/Aids in Kenya.

    The council's director Dr. Nduku Kilonzo noted that from this figure, 184,718 are aged between 10-24 and 100,000 are children between 0-14 years.

    According to the National Aids Control Council, there are 48 new infections every day and in 2017, Kenya recorded 18,000 new infections among people in the adolescent age.

    Speaking at the 14th Kenya Primary Heads Association annual conference in Mombasa, Kilonzo attributed this to lack of information on HIV/Aids, sexual molestation and violence, coercion by peers and stigma to those already affected.

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    About 46 percent of young women aged between 15-19 have never tested for HIV and 58 percent of men within the same age bracket have also never gone for testing.

    Kenya was ranked fourth in the world among the countries with the largest HIV rates after South Africa, Nigeria and India.