Valentine Day special, Government to distribute 95 million free condoms in this country
Valentine Day special, Government to distribute 95 million free condoms in this country

Ahead of Valentine’s day there is a big surprise for couples in Thailand by the government.  As per the information, Around 50 million out of nearly 70 million people are beneficiaries of the “gold card” under the government’s universal healthcare scheme. The card holders can use it for availing of some medical care in public and selected private hospitals. This scheme is announced to promote safe sex and avoid teen pregnancy.

As per the information the government of Thailand plans to distribute over 95 million condoms ahead of Valentine's Day.  The government aims to curb sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) like syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia, AIDS, and cervical cancer.   The government is taking a progressive approach to it, contrary to the prevalent cultural conservatism in the southeast Asian country. The universal healthcare cardholders looking to take advantage of the scheme (will be entitled to receive 10 condoms a week for a year.

Rachada Dhnadirek spokeswoman speaking about Bloomberg From February 1, universal healthcare cardholders can get 10 condoms a week for a year, 
She said, “The campaign to give out free condoms to gold-card holders will help prevent diseases and promote public health,”  This innovative scheme is announced after the increase in STD cases over the past few years. In 2021, syphilis and gonorrhea accounted for more than half of these cases, as per the latest official data adding that the most affected age groups were 15 to 19 and 20 to 24 years. In 2021, out of every 1000 Thai girls aged 15-19, 24.4 gave birth. Meanwhile, the global rate stood at 42.5 for the same age group, as per WHO.

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