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Promese to sell low cost condoms

The director general of the Promese government pharmaceuticals program, Antonio Peña Mirabal, announced that beginning in March or April 2018, Promese stores nationwide would be stocked with low cost condoms and birth control pills and shots. He said the new state policy is part of a pilot program that seeks to prevent teenage pregnancies and sexual transmission infections.

The first batch of one million condoms of three units each, 25,000 birth control shots, and 46,000 birth control monthly pill packages is being purchased with an appropriation of RD$4.5 million provided by the United Nations Population Fund (UNPFA) as a pilot program. New orders will be tendered in the future depending on the demand at the stores.

Peña Mirabal says this is an initiative of the Ministry of Public Health that seeks to make birth control accessible to youths and adults.

Studies show that early sex initiation of teenagers in the Dominican Republic has led to high rates of early pregnancies and causing a significant increase in sexually transmitted diseases that in past years were only found in the adult population.

Source: DR1

Dec 3, 2017

Category: DR News |

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