The National Secretariat of Access to Health, which depends on the Health portfolio, called for bids to acquire, among other elements, 10,000 polished wood penises, for a figure greater than 13 million pesos.
The call was made last June 24 by the office headed by Sandra Marcela Tirado, who replaced Carla Vizzotti when she took over as head of the Ministry, after the departure of Ginés García due to the VIP vaccination scandal
The request came from the Directorate of response to HIV, STIs, Viral Hepatitis and Tuberculosis, which also seeks to acquire turquoise briefcases condom dispensers.
Tirado, in the open file to advance with the tender, explained that the purchase is intended to ensure a wide availability of promotional materials whose purpose is raise awareness and prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV and other STIs within the framework of Law No. 23,798 ″.
The call for bids, published in the official gazette on July 1.
Once the material has been delivered to Health, the elements will be “destined for the general population and health professionals, to be distributed in Primary Health Care Centers (CAPS), Health Regions, Provincial and Municipal Programs and other establishments of all the country ”, according to the same text.
A week later, on July 1, the call for bids was posted on the site. Buy.gob.ar, with the bases and conditions to be necessarily fulfilled by those bidders they come forward. The receipt of offers closed last Tuesday, July 13, with four companies presented.
Condom Dispenser. 10,000 units, with the following characteristics: Materials: 1.5 mm thick white high impact polystyrene, thermoformed. Measurements: 330 mm high x 165 mm wide x 90 mm deep. Design: an institutional message must be printed in 4 colors on the front. Termination: support and with holes for hanging. Packaging: box containing 4 condom dispensing hoppers.
Wooden Penises. 10,000 units, with the following characteristics: Material: semi-hard wood. Measurements: height 170 mm, cylinder diameter 40 mm, base diameter 50 mm. Finish: polished. Packaging: box containing 100 wooden penises
Briefcases. 10,000 units, with the following characteristics: Material: natural polypropylene Measurements: 40 cm x 30 cm x 10 cm. Design: turquoise fabric with piping; turquoise colored polypropylene strap and handle, 50 mm wide and adjustable in length. 4-color print on the front. Closure in dark turquoise simile fabric of the briefcase or turquoise simile piping and ribbons. Packaging: box containing 50 briefcases.
The explanation of the Ministry
Clarion He consulted the Ministry of Health on the subject: “The current situation in our country in relation to the transmission of sexually transmitted infections, such as syphilis, shows an increase in diagnoses, especially in cases of adolescents and young people. All this determines the need for policies of prevention in Sexual Health, sustained and of national impact, “the Ministry said in a statement.
“Educational kits for promotion and prevention contain condoms, a dispenser for accessibility of condoms and briefcases where the condoms are transported. elements for training, which include wooden penises, lubricating gel and communication materials, “he added.
He also explained that “the materials are intended for teams working in the field, whether in health, education or community institutions. No province buys this type of input. The planned monthly distribution is 800 kits. The material is distributed through the provincial programs. Among the bidders for the acquisition of the kits, there is a maximum offer per 14 million and another minor offer for 4 million. In the case of acquiring them, the Ministry of Health will choose the lowest offer “.
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