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Luwero District Starts Campaign to Promote Female Condoms

Dr Innocent Nkonwa the Luwero District Health Officer says that they have started a campaign to sensitize the women about the use of the female condoms and ensure they are available across health centers.
DHO Dr Innocent Nkonwa speaking to Luwero District Woman MP Brenda Nabukenya and District Leaders at Luwero hospital

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Luwero District Health Department has embarked on a campaign to popularize the use of female condoms. 

Although female condoms were introduced in 1998, many women are yet to embrace them.

In the financial year 2020/21, Luwero district health distributed only 246 female condoms far below the 100,000 male condoms which were given out.

Christine Nabuule a resident of Luwero town says that she was discouraged from using the female condom after she was told that they make women uncomfortable during sex.

Whereas Gladys Nakitto another resident says that she was scared of inserting a female condom in her private parts.

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Margaret Nantongo a volunteer at Public Health Ambassadors Uganda says that other women were scared of the lubricants in the condoms. Nantongo adds that other women fear these condoms may get stuck in their private parts.

Tendo Muwanguzi a peer mother at Luwero hospital says that several women are also discouraged by men from using condoms.

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Dr Innocent Nkonwa the Luwero District Health Officer says most fears are based on false rumours and myths but the female condom is convenient.

Nkonwa says that ahead of World Contraceptive Day on Sunday, the district has embarked on a campaign to sensitize women about the use of female condoms and ensure they are available across health centres.

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The Luwero district health report indicates that 20,464 deliveries were registered in the year 2020/21.

 About 16,163 teenagers also sought antenatal services as a result of unwanted pregnancies.

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