The government of Ondo state has imposed a new law on all hotel owners in the state. Under the law, all hoteliers in the state must provide condoms packs in all rooms for their customers, and any hotelier that fails to comply will be penalized.
Dr. Aderotimi Adelola, Chairman Ondo State Agency for the Control of AIDS (ODSACA), disclosed this during a ‘condom use and safer sex sensitization’ exercise to hotels in Akure, the state's capital.
During the exercise, no fewer than 800,000 residents living in Ondo state were screened and tested for HIV.
Dr. Adelola explained that the law relating to the retrovirus in the state empowers the agency to enforce HIV related laws by making it a severe offence for hoteliers not to put condom packs in their room.
“A manager or proprietor of a hospitality industry, who neglect or refuses to provide condoms or protection rubber device in the rooms or at reception or front desk in his hospitality industry commits an offence and shall on conviction be liable to 1 month imprisonment or a fine of N50,000 or both.”
He pointed out that the state government was working towards ensuring zero HIV new infection, discrimination and stigmatization of people living with the retrovirus including mother to child transmission and other related disease.
Project manager, ODSACA, Dr Adedayo Adegbulu said HIV education is now a part of the curriculum in all secondary schools in the state and appealed to the private sector to be interested in assisting the agency towards stemming the spread of the virus.
Thumbs up to the person that came up with the 'Condoms in Hotel' idea!