Shimla: July 13, 2011
For six months, Himachal Pradesh has had no condom in its stocks meant for free distribution among AIDS high-risk groups and for ensuring birth control. So, it is borrowing some from Punjab for the time being. Officials in the Himachal AIDS Control Society say the state is facing a scarcity of nearly 30 lakh condoms. They said the state has not received its annual share of condoms - usually 35-40 lakh - from the central pool this year.Health Minister Rajeev Bindal said the state has not received its quota from the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) for the past six months.
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