Kenya's 3rd largest city hit by sharp shortage of condoms. (People Dispatch)

No Condom! No peace! Kenya’s 3rd largest city hit by sharp shortage of condoms

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Theirs is growing disquiet in Kenya’s lake city over the scarcity of life-saving tools of pleasure.

Kisumu city has been hit with a  sharp shortage of condoms forcing many residents to go without risking their lives in the process. Condoms are not only an effective method of birth control, but they also protect wearers against sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

According to media reports, there is only 5,000 government-provided condoms available in the whole County of Kisumu.

AfriCities kick off in Kisumu

Coming on the backdrop of Kisumu hosting the ninth AfriCities conference, one of its biggest gatherings ever, that kicked off on Tuesday, May 17 is bad news, to say the least.

“We are among counties with the highest HIV prevalence in the country and therefore the need for protection at all costs. This shortage just exposes the already vulnerable groups,” Mr. Erick Okioma, a TB and HIV champion running the Nelson Mandela TB HIV Community Based Organisation in Nyalenda, lamented.

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The shortage has seen the price of the few condoms skyrocket.  Customers now have to part with at least $1 (Sh100) for just one condom from the shops.

Plenty of sex workers but no condoms

Kisumu’s famed red-light district of Kondele is located just 500 meters from the venue of the AfriCities conference. The five-day meeting is expected to bring in billions of shillings in revenues and hundreds of Kenyans have trouped to Kisumu to catch up on the proceedings.

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Kenyan commercial sex workers have not been left behind and are already in Kisumu Ber to cash in on the guests by providing quality and exotic sexual services. Organizers have set aside the renovated Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Sports Ground as an entertainment spot for guests who want to have some fun.

Dr Fred Oluoch, the Kisumu director of public health and sanitation, confirmed the scarcity of condoms in the lake city and urged guests and revelers to buy condoms over the counter.

“We have a shortage and the few available condoms have been distributed to hospitals and drop-in centers where key vulnerable populations can access them,”

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