Vending Machines Raise Condom Patronage In Bolga
The introduction of condom vending machines, popularly referred to as ‘Condom ATM’, in the Upper East Region has seen high patronage by the youth.
The Ghana AIDS Commission, and its partner organisations, recently introduced the machines as part of efforts to reduce the prevalence of HIV, and also to prevent new infections.
The ‘Condom ATM’ is a system whereby people can get three pieces of condoms at a cost of 20 pesewas. These machines are kept at some vantage areas in the Upper East Region to cater for people who feel shy buying condoms from pharmacies or licensed chemical shops.
Checks in Bolgatanga revealed that there has been a high patronage of condoms in the capital city following the introduction of the condom vending machines. Some of the machines were sighted at the Bolgatanga Jubilee Park, B-52 Drinking Spot opposite the STC yard in Bolgatanga, and at the Prisons Canteen in Bawku.
In order to get condoms from the vending machine, one has to only insert a 20 pesewa coin into it and wait for three pieces of condoms to come out of it. The machine has similar functions like those of banks’ ATMs.
With the introduction of the condom vending machines by the Ghana AIDS Commission, the possibility of reducing HIV prevalence in the Upper East Region is likely to be high.
However, some residents told The Chronicle they were not aware of the introduction of the machines.
When asked whether they would patronise the services of the machines now that they are aware, they expressed varied views.
While some said they would give it a try, others concluded that condoms generated from those machines would not be of good quality, or perhaps, would not me of their ‘taste’.
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