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Government targets 217 800 circumcisions by year-end

THE government targets to have circumcised at least 217 800 men by the end of this year as it intensifies efforts to curb the spread of HIV and Aids, a senior government official has said.


The figure is more than twice the number of men that were circumcised last year. Over 90 000 men were circumcised last year while about 40 755 went under the knife in 2012.

The director for Aids and TB Unit in the Ministry of Health and Child Care, Owen Mugurungi said they had put together the necessary resources for this year’s circumcision programme to commence.

“We understand that this is a high target, but so far, with the support from our partners, we have managed to put together the essential inputs, including human resources to enable us to meet the target,” said Mugurungi.

“However, we are still continuing to mobilise more resources to support the comprehensive scale up for our HIV prevention interventions.”

Mugurungi said the ministry managed to reach up to 98% of its annual target last year.

“From the successful 2013 programme, we are looking at availing more sites offering the service and we are currently working on an intensive programme of training more doctors, nurses and supporting teams,” he said.

He said the ministry would this year introduce the Prepex method of circumcision, which will be offered at a selected few sites and then scaled up as the year progresses.

Prepex is a non-surgical circumcision device which uses rubber bands. It was developed by Circ MedTech, an Israeli company founded in 2009.
A plastic ring is inserted inside the foreskin and a rubber ring is placed on the outer foreskin, on top of the inner ring.

The outer ring clamps on the inner ring stopping the flow of blood to the part of the foreskin that is to be removed. Within a week the foreskin dies from a lack of oxygen and either falls off on its own or is easily cut off; without an anaesthesia or sutures being required.
Mugurungi said the ministry had encountered challenges including an inadequate human resource base to undertake male circumcision at some places, particularly in remote areas.

He however allayed fears that complications like infections during circumcision could lead to impotence.

“Zimbabwe is one of the countries with the safest male circumcision programme in the region because of the training approach,” said Mugurungi.

“All doctors and nurses who provide male circumcision services undergo additional training despite the training they would have received in the pre-service period.”

Male circumcision is a common practice in many parts of sub-Saharan Africa. The government in 2009 adopted circumcision as one of the comprehensive HIV prevention strategies, setting a target of circumcising 1,2 million men by 2015.t

7 Responses to Government targets 217 800 circumcisions by year-end

  1. maita February 3, 2014 at 4:04 pm #

    As if that is a critical problem in the country, concentrating on trivia.

    • Ron Low February 4, 2014 at 10:15 pm #

      Circumcision alters sex dramatically, but it does not prevent AIDS. Most of the US men who have died of AIDS were circumcised at birth. The US has three times the HIV incidence seen in Europe where circumcision is rare.

      Foreskin feels REALLY good. Informed adults can decide for themselves, but I fear men are being misinformed.

  2. Brian February 3, 2014 at 8:22 pm #

    Circumcision damages a man forever no matter how it is done. It doesn’t protect against disease- condoms do. Keep your foreskin, be a man. Wear a condom and get tested, What campaigns like this do is just puts money in peoples pockets. Your foreskin has a price tag. Instead of selling you as a slave they are selling your foreskin. I wonder how much money Owen Mugurungi earns by getting people circumcised??? And the Prepex mutilation clamp was designed by a woman in Israel. It costs less than $2.00 US to manufacture but she sells it for $39.00. Don’t be fooled men- your foreskin is the most sensitive part part and makes sex pleasurable. Keep it!

  3. Jeff February 4, 2014 at 12:35 pm #

    How sickening those poor men are being sacrificed on the alter of stupidity.


  4. Hugh7 February 4, 2014 at 10:09 pm #

    Two surveys, one before the circumcision campaign began, one after, have both shown that more CIRCUMCISED Zimbabwean men have HIV than non-circumcised, and the same is true in 9 out of 18 other countries for which USAID has figures. A Ugandan study started to find circumcising men increases the risk to women, but it was cut short. So how can circumcising men help?

    How “voluntary” is all this circumcising? How much peer pressure is applied? How much coercion? How much blackmail of the form “We will provide your football team with kit, but only if you all get cut”? How much actual force?

    Amputation by crushing the foreskin and cutting off its blood supply, causing it to die and drop off, is still surgery. It doesn’t need a knife. The profit margin on the PrePex device is about 2000%. The people who make it must be rubbing their hands in glee.

    Zimbabwe’s health system is in crisis. All this medical skill and resources would be far better applied helping babies to survive to adulthood. Only then will HIV be an issue for them.

  5. Mike February 5, 2014 at 1:15 pm #

    Holy sh*t!

    Guys, stop hacking parts off of your penis what on Earth are you thinking??

  6. Tante Jay February 5, 2014 at 4:24 pm #

    Did you ever do your research or did you just go with the WHO-flow?

    If circumcision really is preventing HIV, why is it that the widely cut United States have a 300% higher HIV-rate than the uncut Europe?

    Or why are the HIV-rates in Israel skyrocketing since 2005`?

    Or why are the HIV rates in Africa skyrocketing in almost all areas where the men got circumcised?


    Nope. SPREADING, honey, SPREADING.

    And if you think just for 2 seconds it is logical: Because the foreskin is PROTECTIVE. How could something protective helps with HIV infections? Oo

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