The National Aids Council (NAC) in Hwange has bemoaned the practice of throwing used condoms by couples everywhere. The practice is said to be rampant. These condoms have become a health risk as they are picked up by unsuspecting children who then use them as balloons.
NAC District Aids Action Coordinator Nehemiah Ndlovu lamented the despicable habit. While speaking at a recent clean-up campaign in Hwange, Ndlovu had this to say
We have treatment targets that we have put across to achieve a 90/90/90 scenario by 2030 where we are saying HIV and Aids should not pose a problem. Here we are focusing on 90 per cent people knowing their status, 90 per cent put on ART, and 90 per cent having a suppressed viral load.
As we do this, we give away a lot of condoms to try to prevent HIV. Since today we are saying zero tolerance to litter, let’s be careful how we dispose of condoms. If we just throw them around the way we are doing, our little children will pick and blow as balloons. Let’s correctly dispose of these condoms because children are picking and blowing them thereby posing a health risk.