Xinhua News Agency (11.23.11) - Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Government purchases of contraceptives, including condoms,
have almost quadrupled in China over the last two decades, the
National Population and Family Planning Commission said
Wednesday. Orders grew to 582 million yuan (US $91.6 million)
in 2011, a 431 million yuan (US $67.7 million) increase over
1990, NPFPC said. "We should improve the medical instruments
management and distribution service, and ensure drug safety,"
said Chen Li, NPFPC's deputy director. Free contraceptives,
which China has distributed since the 1970s, can be obtained
through a routine door-to-door service in rural areas, through
villagers' committees and clinics. Urban residents can access
free condoms by swiping their ID card through self-service
machines, or arrange for home-delivery for one yuan (US $0.16)
after ordering online or by telephone.