The Condom Is Here to Stay [opinion]

Many old folks will tell you the possibility of ever using a condom was like going to the moon in their lifetime.

Those were the days when access to broadcast television was a distant vision and because of time on their (our elders) side, they did what they could have done best with the end result that many of us grew up with six and more biological brothers and sisters in one household!

In today’s life and with the introduction of the condom, this scenario has changed, making its use very crucial and a part and parcel of our daily life.

It is said the use of condoms (made out of oiled silk paper, leather etc.) were recorded already during the period 1000 BC. Improved latex condoms that are thinner, tighter and lubricated however only became in use during the 1980s. Condoms were initially not accepted with their initial inception in Namibia. Guys were not very comfortable when buying it over the counter and would normally look over their shoulders to ensure nobody observed them when buying condoms. It was almost like a stigma of promiscuity attached to one using condoms. They were normally hidden at very strange places (car spare wheels, holes in the ground, etc.) to prevent them from being detected.

As time progressed with the introduction of the femidom (female condom) Namibians have gradually accepted the use of condoms as part of their daily life.

Statistics provided by the Ministry of Health and Social Services show that the HIV new infection rate has decreased significantly and that 91 percent of condoms procured during the 20132014 financial year have already been distributed countrywide.

The Ministry of Health and Social Services deserves praise and recognition for its instrumental role in conjunction with stakeholders for achieving this goal.

Nowadays condoms are easily available at 247 shops, shebeens, hospitalsclinics, etc. and even provided free of charge by the government. At one occasion there was this guy leaving his girlfriend at home to attend to work assignments. As they parted she handed him a packet of condoms and retained another packet for herself. Very surprised the guy enquired why she keeps one packet. “Just in case honey, one never knows what can happen when we are apart,” she replied.

Later that night the guy returned home with the lame excuse that his trip was cancelled at the last moment!

Surely now we can see that condoms are used on a highly balanced gender ratio in Namibia.

Let all Namibians continue to make use of condoms when the need arises in diverse circumstances and also encourage our counterparts to follow trend.

Not only does this prevent unnecessary pregnancies, baby dumping and increased mortalities, but also saves more lives and stimulate our economy.

This should however not deter the ones in a position to multiply our generation to do so since we will always need more Namibians.

Long live the condom!

Till a next time,

Source : New Era