Ghanaian actor, Kwaku Manu laments the rise in teenage pregnancies and school dropout rates due to the high cost of condoms and pads in the nation,
According to him, some students have left school early as a result of teenage pregnancies and their inability to pay for condoms, which they should use for safe sex to prevent these situations.
According to Kwaku Manu, the number of people who drop out of school would have decreased if the government had been able to subsidize the cost of condoms and pads.
“I would plead with the leaders of this nation, I have never talked about this issue before. One of the things that will help us to progress as a country is condoms but it is something people feel shy to buy. The second thing is a pad, the one women use when they menstruate. It is very essential but today pads and condoms are more expensive than banku that we eat.
“Someone dropped out of school because she mistakenly got pregnant. Meanwhile, if condoms cost even GH¢2 the person could have bought them for protection. Now pad costs almost GH¢20, how can a poor schoolgirl or an orphan afford this? So I am pleading with the leaders to do something about this, it’s very difficult, and I know they have money,” Kwaku Manu said in a video shared on his Instagram page.
The government has been urged repeatedly to guarantee that condoms and pads, which are necessities for human health, are sold at a reduced cost so that everyone can afford them.