The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief, Swati Maliwal, sent a notice to National Aids Control Organization (NACO) following the latter's inability to cite reason for stopping the condom supply at G B Road.
NACO is suppose to supply 12 lakh, free of cost, condoms per month to Delhi State Aids Control Society (DSACS), however, it did not supply the lot since April 2015.
AdvertisementMaliwal last month referring to her recent findings sought an explanation from NACO while pointing out her fear that given the scarcity of condoms, following the official negligence, the number of HIV infected sex workers might have increased. Total 35 sex workers at GB road had been diagnosed with HIV at GB Road out of which five were diagnosed recently.
DSACS which is suppose to distribute condoms at GB Road, was supplied with 24 lakh condoms in the month of May and never since then. This led to scarcity of condoms at GB Road, which uses 6 lakh condoms per month, putting the sex workers at greater risk of sexually transmitted disease.
Around 5,000 women at G B Road are at a high risk of contracting HIV as there is shortage of the contraceptives. Meanwhile, the Delhi government has decided to procure four lakh contraceptives to distribute among the sex workers.