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Thursday, February 5, 2015

A realization from Venezuelan Condom Price

Although there is a very limited stock of time for me these days to tend the garden of my blog and in the process walk into the blogging meadow to graze over those green fodders that supplements an educational and literary nutrition by different bloggers, not doing either, makes me almost mentally uncomfortable.
At this season of my study routine, I am busy bulldozing academic journals to excavate and gather the bricks of relevant literature to construct my thesis. But at times, some inflammatory and informatory articles that keeps floating on the web undeniably appetizes me to weave some posts for my blog.
One of such kind that forced me to squeeze my time is about a condom in Venezuela that costs more than an iPhone. Reports claim that owing to its economic shrinkage, a consequent repercussions have vibrated into the plains of country’s health plunging into a sea of crisis. The worst thing is that now a 36-pack of Trojan condoms costs $750. In a South American nation that sustains with high number of STDs and teenage pregnancies, Venezuela is fearful of pushing the country backward in terms of countering this health issue.      
36-pack Trojan condom   Picture courtesy: Click LINK
As I was drenched with the thoughts related to this scenario, the picture of my country Bhutan appeared into my mind. A nation with a populace of just 700,000 is so lucky to have free healthcare and basic education. Thanks to our farsighted, legendary and benevolent monarchs.       
And more than that, it has been enshrined in the Constitution of the Kingdom of Bhutan that every individuals have a right to avail free medical amenities and basic schooling. Medical commodities like male contraceptives (condom) are largely available and freely distributed from any dispensary in our country with a noble vision to prevent STDs and HIV/AIDS. We have a story of Mr. Tshewang Nidup popularly known as ‘Condom Manthat surfaced on the front pages of international newspapers for distributing condoms to drivers and bartenders. Most significantly, Her Majesty the Queen mother Ashi Sangay Choden Wangchuck in her capacity as the UNFPA Goodwill ambassador works tirelessly with the local communities to prevent and promote the reproductive health issues and teenage pregnancy. During such advocacy programs it is always followed by dispensing free male contraceptives to encourage safe sex practices. Now that Health is one of the 9 domains of Gross National Happiness, it is always on the list of priority no matter what and which government comes into power. So as a bona fide citizen, realizing such medical freedom and comfort, I always feel so lucky to have born in this beautiful Buddhist Himalayan Kingdom.

Bhutan truly is where happiness is a place. 
“Things only have the value that we give them”- Moliere 

16 comments:

  1. For that kinda price, those condoms had better clean the house and cook meals. That's ridiculous! (Are they at least reusable? HA!)

    Tomorrow, I will be doing my post for your blog award, and I thought you might like to know. Again, thank you so much for giving it to me. I found a lovely photo of prayer flags in Bhutan to use as my header to go along with the post. I hope you like it.

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    1. That sounds funny but it is wrong with the economy. Hope situation will improve.

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  2. I'm astounded to know that a condom costs more than an iPhone. It's a jaw-dropping news for me. But the fact is disease cannot differentiate rich and poor even if that $750 condom can.
    Evidently, fortunate Bhutanese like us are always fortunate to be born in this small big peaceable lovable nation of Bhutan where every facility is as free as air, nothing to be worried. Forget about free facilities, the in-charge people like above about 'Condom Man' would render door-to-door services.
    Hope everything is going well everyday with sound in health. Regards from me. Do Great. Take Care. :)

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    1. We are not only fortunate but very fortunate indeed. Thanks to our greatest Kings.

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  3. Visiting fromb Susan's blog - and loving what I see.
    How nice to hear of a Government which focuses on the well-being of the community, instead of the well being of the economy. If only mine would follow suit.

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  4. I'm also visiting from Susan's blog (and a new follower). I read about the problem in Venezuela this morning. Sad, sad, sad. If more countries, including mine, had proper health care so many people would be happier!

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  5. Condom costing $750! Better die then to have sex lol~ haha....

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  6. The exorbitant prices are really shocking. But nice to know Bhutan provides primary education and health services for free.

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  7. $750 for a pack of condoms...that is unbelievable!
    It is no wonder there is such a problem with teenage pregnancies and STDs there.
    I had considered condoms to be expensive here, but I will never complain again now!

    Have a great weekend.:)

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  8. I am with you Dumcho... If anything condoms should be cheap if not free... I don't think we should be encouraging our teenage children to have sex but I won't bury my head in the sand and not teach my daughter to protect herself. I was a teenager after all... I remember what it was like.

    Thankfully I live in a country where we are afforded education and health caret too... it's not free as it is covered by our tax system but I am forever grateful for it :)

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  9. Thanks to our beloved kings and RGoB. May the people of Bhutan blessed with free medical facilities.

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  10. That is a ridiculous price, and a way for making their population suffer big time. They need to get their priorities straight. What they're facing with their health crisis will have long-term effects for many, and the entire country.

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  11. Wow, that price is highway robbery.

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  12. Outrageous! How are we allowing this? And how did it get to that really? The world is mental. :P

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