Paulo Maura – 17/07/2021 11:50 am | Updated 07/17/2021 at 12:13 pm
Ministry of Health Argentina Opened a tender for the purchase of 10,000 polished wooden penises to be used in health campaigns and prevention of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). However, the procurement process drew a lot of criticism in the country as it was done in the time of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The purchase of the items, including cases and condom dispensers, was authorized for an estimated total value of 13 million pesos, or approximately R$690 thousand. According to the Argentine newspaper La Nacion, three bidders had applied for delivery of the wooden goods.
Out of the total, two participants indicated that the products are imported and one that is produced domestically. Offers range from 498 pesos (R $ 26.49) to 1,430 pesos (R $ 76.08) per unit in the case of imported ones, and in the middle is national production, which will cost 882 pesos (R $ 46.92).
The Argentine government’s secretary of access to health, Sandra Marcela Tirado, indicated through a resolution on 24 June that the purchase of the supplies would “ensure the wide availability of promotional materials aimed at raising awareness and preventing the spread of sexually transmitted diseases”. .
Purchase details appear on the Argentine public procurement portal. According to statistics, this includes the acquisition of 10,000 turquoise-colored propylene cases; 10,000 condom dispensers; and 10,000 units of polished wooden dildos.
When asked by La Nacion, the Ministry of Health said that “based on preliminary studies that revealed a decline in indicators related to sexually transmitted diseases during the epidemic”, Folder decided to open the process of receiving the items.
– The current situation in our country regarding the transmission of sexually transmitted diseases, such as syphilis, shows an increase in diagnoses, especially among adolescents and young people. All this determines the need for prevention policies in sexual health – the statement said.
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