- For a population of 2.5 million people, Namibian men totalling 726,000 use 45 million condoms yearly
- This development was made known in a recent report released by the Namibian ministry of health
- The health minister, Kalumbi Shangula, also revealed that about 13 per cent of the country’s population lives with HIV
The Namibian ministry of health has released its latest report claiming that 45 million condoms are being used by men annually in the country.
Health executive director Ben Nangombe revealed that 726,000 men out of the 2.5 million population of the country used over 45 million condoms annually.
He made this revelation in a recent press briefing while reeling out HIV-AIDS status in the country.
“This means 37,8 million condoms of the 52 millimetre (mm) size are needed in the country… The demand for 49mm sized condoms is 7,2 million per year,” he said. Nangombe explained that 726 180 eligible men have an estimated requirement of 40 condoms each per year.
“This is based on a population of 2,6 million, of which 49% are males, translating to approximately 1,2 million males. Of this total, 57% are in the age range of 15 to 64, which is deemed the reproductive age.”
Namibia HIV victims
Meanwhile, the Namibian health minister, Kalumbi Shangula, disclosed that no fewer than 33,000 persons living with HIV in the country do not know their status nor have the disease under control.
He said this development has led to the transmission of the disease from one partner to another and br*ast-feeding mothers passing it to their children.
Shangula revealed that at least 13% of the Namibian population had been infected with the virus, which amounts to approximately 219,000 people.
He revealed that the country annually records 6,000 new HIV infections and 3,000 deaths due to AIDS.
“Most people living with HIV who are taking their medic*tion correctly every day are stable and will live long healthy lives.
“Without critical HIV prevention and control measures, the epidemic could spiral out of control.”
Namibia HIV-control success story
However, the minister disclosed that the country recorded success in 2022 as it was able to curb and control the epidemic from escalating.
“The number of annual deaths among people living with HIV has more than halved. The rate of new HIV infections is almost four times lower.
“The number of new HIV infections among children under the age of one has decreased by over 90%. Hospitals and health systems are no longer overwhelmed by HIV-AIDS.”
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