By Jack Bloom MPL, DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Health:
Condom distribution in Gauteng has fallen 9 million short of target this year because of national supply problems.
This information was disclosed by the Gauteng Health Department last week on Friday at a meeting of the Health Oversight Committee in the Gauteng Legislature.
Instead of 58 million condoms bring distributed in the first quarter of the 2015/16 financial year, which covers April to June, only 42 million were distributed.
The shortfall last year was 62 million condoms – the target was 193 million and only 131 million were distributed.
Gauteng Health MEC Qedani Mahlangu blamed the shortage on problems with the national condom tender, and said she was looking at proposals to get good quality condoms from other companies.
It is disturbing that problems with the national condom tender are hitting supply so badly in Gauteng.
Prevention of HIV/Aids is a top priority, so the condom supply problem should be fixed as soon as possible.
I support MEC Mahlangu in looking for local suppliers who can quickly make up the shortfall.