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December 15, 2018

Ngilu criticises Catholic Church's anti-condom stance

Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu (3rd R) with county officials and some of the 108 health workers hired by the Center for Health Solutions, Monday January 22, 2017. /MUSEMBI NZENGU
Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu (3rd R) with county officials and some of the 108 health workers hired by the Center for Health Solutions, Monday January 22, 2017. /MUSEMBI NZENGU

Kitui Governor Charity Ngilu has lashed out at the Catholic Church's anti-condom stance terming it as outdated.

Ngilu said the use of condom was the only option for safe sex in the wake of increased cases of HIV/Aids infection.

Read: Shun condoms, Priest urges

"Young people cannot abstain from sex as the church advocates. The safest way of ensuring safe sex is for the church to reconsider its stance on condom use," she said.

The governor also took issue with Tatu Kamau who has filed a petition in a Machakos court seeking legalisation of female circumcision.

She termed the FGM practice as retrogressive.

"Kamba women have forgotten women circumcision. We know it as an act not only belittling but also that causes untold anguish," she said.

Ngilu spoke at Kitui county referral hospital when after dispatching 103 healthcare workers hired by the Centre for Health Solutions (CHS) on Monday.

The organisation is seeking to improve health care services across the county.

Also read: Bill not about providing condoms in schools - Senator Sijeny

She said as a female governor, she will lead a major crusade against FGM both in the streets and in the court corridors.

Paul Wekesa, CHS CEO, said the organisation will spend Sh161 million in the implementation of health programmes in the county.

The health workers will be posted in 60 health facilities.

Dr Wekesa said CHS had invested heavily in Kitui since the county had the highest number of health facilities in the country.

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