Both Sides Of The Argument On GHc 1m Spent On Free Condoms By MoH

Officials of the Health Ministry and the Ghana Health Service on Monday appeared before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to explain circumstances under which GHc1, 450,000 was used to buy condoms in a bid to curb HIV/AIDS.  Although the money came from donor partners, they had a hard time explaining why the amount was spent on condoms. However, they got a section of MPs to side with them. Kuulpeeps bring to you both side of the argument by ranking member of the PAC and MP for Salaga, Ibrahim Dey Abukabakar and Atta Kyea, who is also the Member of Parliament for the Akyem Abuakwa South constituency, as to whether it was necessary  to spend such an amount on free condoms.

On why it was unnecessary, people, in general need education on HIV/AIDS and the need to use a condom. They should be responsible in their indulgences and we should have spent this money on other areas of health like malaria containment.

Hon. Atta Kyea supported this side of the argument yesterday when he said that the decision makes it seem like government is sponsoring the pleasures of individuals who are of age.

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Somebody wants to have his pleasure, he is of full age, he is not sufficiently sensible and responsible enough and chooses to have unprotected sex, when we know that AIDS is around? Then it’s some kind of indulgence that the state should not be too much involved. The education should have drawn people to their senses by now. It’s like we saying that you are not going to work but we will pay you all the same, so there is a sense of irresponsibility in that kind of budgeting which I will discourage if it comes to the floor of Parliament.

However, another sect of the public think it was a step in the right direction since government did not spend a penny on them. Also, prevention is always better than cure.  A ranking member of the PAC and MP for Salaga, Ibrahim Dey Abukabakar argues that the percentage of infection of AIDS has reduced in the country;

Don’t you see that the supply of condoms has contributed to this? So if you tell me that the supply of condoms is for pleasure, I beg to differ because it has succeeded in preventing a lot of venereal diseases that the government would have spent money to cure in the hospital

Lets hear your view on the argument.

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