Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) on Friday received a free consignment of condoms worth two billion shillings from Dembe Trading Company through the Ministry of Health to support the fight against Sexually Transmitted Infections and promote family planning in the Force and their surrounding communities.
The donation of the Fiesta brand of condoms in four flavors was delivered at UPDF’s Bombo Military Hospital in Luwero by the Chief Executive Officer of Dembe Distributors, Mr. Anil Damari and the Condom Coordinator at the MOH, Mrs. Vastah Kibirige.
They were received by Brig. Gen. Dr. Patrick Ocen and the Director of HIV/AIDS in the UPDF and Hon. Maj Evelyn Asiimwe, on behalf of the Chief Medical Services of the UPDF, Maj Gen Ambrose Musingunzi.
Mrs. Kibirige said the Ministry of Health and its partners are committed to ensuring that all sexually active people in Uganda are able to access good quality condoms of their choices and are sensitized on their correct usage and disposal after use.
She added that the UPDF is a reliable partner of the Ministry in this effort because the military has well organized structures.
“The UPDF has been a good longtime partner in our strategic interventions for the triple protection against sexually transmitted infections, HIV infections and unintended pregnancies,” said Mrs Kibirige.
Mr. Anil Damari said the donation is in appreciation to the UPDF for its contribution in ensuring peace and security in the country that enables trade to thrive and to the people of Uganda for their support for the company.
Brig Gen Ocen reiterated UPDF’s commitment in working with its partners in ensuring wellness in the country. He instructed the UPDF Directorate of HIV/AIDS and family planning units to ensure proper sensitization of the beneficiaries of the condoms to ensure proper usage so that the intended output is realized.
Hon. Maj Asiimwe pointed out the need for intensified sensitization of Ugandans against condom misuse because “lately, there has been widespread misuse.”
She added that in a week’s time, the intended clients, both uniformed and civilians would be able to access the condoms at no cost from all the UPDF health care units across the country.
“This donation will not only be useful in the UPDF institution but also its neighboring communities that benefit from the UPDF health services,” she said.
The UPDF is a people’s army, Ocen said, and all its hospitals operate within the Ministry of Health structures, hence do not close their doors to the neighbouring communities.
Over 80% of the beneficiaries of all types of services in UPDF health care centers are civilians.