PAKWACH. Authorities at Pakwach health centre IV have expressed concern over the possible increase in early pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases in the area following the stock out of condoms in the districts’ main health facility.

At Pakwach health centre IV Antiviral treatment Clinic and family planning ward, all the condom dispensers of both female and male are empty as patients in need of them leave empty handed and angry.

According to Mr Godfrey Wuna, the district HIV focal person, they have now gone for six months at the facility grappling with the challenge of lack of condom that are usually placed at dispensers for clients to pick at their convenience.

He said from the month of January 2020 to date, condoms have not been supplied to the health centre despite several requests to the National Medical Store (NMS) and HIV implementing partners.

"It is an unbearable health concern, it's now six months ever since this health unit ran out of condoms and we have been receiving clients and we advise them to go and buy but our worry is for those who can't afford to buy, they are likely to endanger their lives", Wuna said.

Wuna expressed worry that the absence of condoms at the facility will put lives of residents at risk of sexually transmitted diseases owing to the sexual activeness of the community and risky behavior they live in.

Mr Henry Oryema, a resident of Povona, Pakwach subcounty said the stock out is the same at lower health units but attributed it to some residents who rush for them and end up not using them.

"Most of the condom boxes are kept idle in homes by people who don’t use them, depriving genuine users, my advice is let them re-hand them to the authorities in this critical time when they are most needed", Oryema appealed.

Oryema also called on the health team and relevant authorities to intensified sensitization campaign about the relevance of abstinence from sex and testing for sexually transmitted diseases as well as sticking to only one sexual partner.

According to Ms Jessica Draru, the deputy district health officer in charge of maternal health, the absence of condom as a method of family planning will affect the rate of minimizing unwanted pregnancies and child neglect in families.

When contacted, the NMS public relations officer Mr James Odong referred us to the General Manager Dr Moses Kamabaare but all the calls to him went unanswered as he was said to be travelling.