The Ghana Health Service (GHS) has disclosed that there is very low patronage when it comes to female condoms.
The Service said it is of great concern that many appear not to be interested in buying the female condoms.
The Deputy Director General of the GHS, Dr Gloria Quansah-Asare, says the situation has led to many pharmacy shops refusing to re-stock their shelves with the female condom.
According to her, when pharmacy shops stock them, they stay on shelves and expire due to lack of patronage.
She said this is in spite the fact that female condoms give better pleasure during sex than the male condoms.
She, therefore, stated that she is surprised that that its patronage is very low among Ghanaian women.
Dr. Quansah-Asare was speaking as a guest on the maiden Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana (PPAG) public lecture and launch of the African Citizen Initiative (ACI) in Accra last Wednesday.
She said although people do not like the female condom, “it is a very good family planning method.”
She urged women to consider using female condoms, insisting it improves pleasure during sex.
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“There is the need to maintain the interest of women in it,” Dr Quansah-Asare told the Graphic Online, stressing that because many of the shops have stopped selling them even the few people who use them don’t get some to buy.
She also called on the media to use their spaces to help educate women on the need to use the female condoms.
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