A senior Government official in Kasama has called for the massive promotion of the female condom in order to enhance the fight against HIV and AIDS in the country.
Kasama District Commissioner Lieutenant Colonel Steven Chanda made the call when he launched the newly improved female condom at a colourful ceremony held at Kasama General Hospital today.
Col. Chanda said female condoms needed to be promoted just like the male one in order to curb cases of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including HIV as well as unplanned pregnancies in communities.
He noted that the female condom was part of the national HIV/AIDS strategic plan aimed at preventing the pandemic and as such people should feel free to use it.
Col. Chanda explained that in the past the female condom was shunned but that time has come for people to accept the product as part of the tools to prevent HIV and unplanned for pregnancies.
The DC added that the new female condom would provide both women and men an additional choice of negotiating for safe sex with their sexual partners.
Col. Chanda further said the Ministry of Health was in full support of the usage of the female condom as it would help in reducing the high incidences of sexually transmitted infections in the country.
The DC has since thanked the Zambia Health Education and Communication Trust and other partners for launching the new female condom in Kasama District. The newly launched female condom has improved features, which are user friendly to women.