'More than 200m condoms' to be used by Ghanaians in 2011

Efforts to combat venereal disease in Ghana are likely to result in the country's citizens using around 200 million condoms in 2011, it has been claimed.

Kyeremeh Atuahene of the Ghana Aids Commission - established in 2002 - made the prediction at the Eastern Regional Dissemination of the National Strategic Plan (NSP) for HIV Prevention for the Period 2011 to 2015, which was held in Koforidua, the Ghana News Agency reports.

The representative explained the NSP is placing increasing emphasis on the correct and sustained use of the prophylactic in order to keep the number of new HIV infections across the country at a low level.

He noted the body is hoping for new cases to be reduced by 50 per cent come 2015, as well as the complete elimination of mother-to-child transmission of the disease.

As part of the plan, 400 condom vending machines are going to be positioned throughout the nation to help ensure people residing in high-risk areas always have access to the contraception method.