English | Dzongkha Friday, April 19, 2019

Bumthang’s only condom vending machine dysfunctional

Kipchu, Bumthang
Mar 18, 2018

A mechanical failure has affected the operation of the only condom vending machine at Chamkhar town in Bumthang. It has been more than a month since the machine became non-functional.

The facility was otherwise efficiently utilised since it was set up in November last year.

The Dzongkhag Health Officer Kinga Gyetshen said the health ministry has been informed about the problem and it is yet to fix the machine.

“As of now, there’s a little bit of technical failure. We have informed the program concerned. They told us that they would come here and maintain it soon. Our technician went there to fix it but he couldn’t.”

The machine has delivered more than 5000 pieces of condoms while it was functional. Bumthang also has another machine installed at Yamthrag in Chhumig Gewog, which dispensed  over 2300 pieces of condoms. There are plans to install another machine in the district.

 “The directives from the health ministry is to set up two vending machines here at Chamkhar but what we have discussed with the program concerned is that we want to install either at Ura or Tang Gewog depending on the number of STI cases.”

Many locals think the installation of condom vending machines will go a long way in controlling the spread of Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs).

Last year, Bumthang recorded 200 people infected by STDs.

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