Nigerian condom distribution to be paid for by states?

Widespread distribution of condoms throughout Nigeria could be funded by the country's states.

The Daily Trust reports that the administrations are considering their options with regard to handing out the prophylactics for free to millions of users across the nation.

Such a move comes after the federal government initiated a policy to ensure families do not need to pay for the products themselves.

Head of the reproductive health division of the Federal Ministry of Health Dr Bose Adeniran noted states have to calculate the numbers they require in order to take condoms to the local government areas that are situated farthest away.

She observed: "We need commitment at state level to ensure this programme is a success."

Ways in which officials are considering carrying out the distribution include via their own transport resources and contracting delivery out to third parties.

The news comes shortly after the low use of condoms in fellow African nation Zambia was described as worrying by the country's health minister Kapembwa Simbao, Post Zambia reported.