The Programmes Manager at the National AIDS/STI Control Programme, Dr Stephen Ayisi Addo, has called on condom manufacturing companies to intensify the promotion of condoms to enhance its utilisation among the vulnerable group, especially women.
He said that is to help achieve epidemic control in the country.
“We need to make sure that the whole issue of condom is projected as a very palpable question prevention barrier. If we want to achieve epidemic control in our country, we cannot achieve that without prevention; and prevention is incomplete without condom promotion,” he said.
Dr Ayisi Addo made the call at an event organised by the Society for Family Health (SFH) International to unveil its family planning products in Ghana to replicate global life-saving interventions in HIV/AIDS prevention and reproductive health.
He said currently, there was a very low stock of condoms in the country due to the delayed procurement during the COVID-19 period such that supplies from partners such as the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and West African Health Organisation (WAHO) also delayed in coming.
However, he said the few numbers available are being produced by the private sector.
Speaking to the media, the Country Manager of SFH International Ghana, Theresa Maame Ekua Galley, explained that even though the organisation had been in existence in the country since 2018, the event was to formally introduce its social marketing products to the Ghanaian market.
“This is the first set of products that we have introduced to the Ghanaian market. Going forward, we look to introduce another set of products that are going to target non-communicable diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, cancer, some respiratory diseases and our own brand of antimalaria.
A representative from the Family Health Division of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), Dr Chris Fofie, who praised SFH International for its commitment to ensuring healthier living for all Ghanaians added that, “SFH International Ghana has come to provide products that will fill the gaps, something we can really be proud of.”
Improving market development
The Board Chair of SFH International Ghana, Dr Irene Ackuaku, said her outfit’s focus was geared towards working in solidarity with communities, government, donors and the private sector for social justice.
“We stand for a Universal Health Coverage for all Africans using health systems and by strengthening and improving market development approaches.