Namibia 'facing condom shortage'

Namibia appears to be facing a condom shortage as the country's Ministry of Health is allegedly running out of the prophylactics it was planning to distribute for free.

The Namibian reports that the department is now low on the products after terminating an agreement with a supplier.

Such action was taken after it was determined the organisation should stop purchasing condoms from one local distributor and instead decided to import them from countries such as India and Malaysia, where it was deemed the items would be cheaper.

The ministry has since returned to the supplier for help as it realises it does not have as many of the products to distribute as it had initially hoped.

Earlier in the month, the Daily Trust reported that the administrations of states in fellow African nation Nigeria could fund the widespread distribution of free condoms throughout the country, as the government aims to restrict the spread of sexually transmitted infections.