Necessity, they say, is the mother of invention…but this an adage Isiolo residents have taken to another level, quite literally…this because there are people in the area who have finally decided to take all necessary measures to combat the high rate of HIV prevalence in the area … Only that their way of going about arresting the spread of the virus is not one you would consider orthodox. Here’s Evelyn Wambui with the story of people that have resorted to re-using condoms or plastic paper bags, due to the scarcity or unavailability of condoms in the area.
There was rare excitement in Witimire slums in Nyeri after a non-governmental organization supplied the residents with condoms. The government yesterday admitted that condoms were out of stock. The Kenya Red Cross has also moved in to supply another consignment to Isiolo town which is one of the areas hard hit by the condom shortage. Pamela Asigi reports.