Tuesday 26 May, 2020

Health Minister: Over 1.8 million condoms in T&T

Trinidad and Tobago currently has over 1.8 million condoms in stock.

Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh provided the information at the daily virtual media conference on Tuesday.

He was responding to a question on whether there are sufficient contraceptives in Trinidad and Tobago.

"We have 1.8 million condoms in the country for people to use, that is male condoms and we have 67,000 female condoms," Deyalsingh said.

He also promised to provide information on the number of diaphragms and birth control pills in stock.

According to reports, there is a looming global shortage of condoms and the United Nations has warned of the consequences.

An article by the Insider reported that global leaders are bracing for a condom shortage due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"With factories shuttering due to lockdowns, global health leaders are bracing for a condom shortage and related spike in unintended pregnancies, AFP first reported. 

Malaysia is a global leader in the production of condoms and the country went into lockdown last month after its coronavirus infection rates surged to the highest in Southeast Asia."

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