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Chiredzi embraces male circumcision

Hippo Valley Hospital has come tops in the whole country for offering male circumcision facilities and services.

Report By Patrick Chitongo
This was revealed by Doctor James Mugwisi, a senior doctor at the hospital in Chiredzi.

 
Mugwisi was speaking during a workshop organised by Fact Chiredzi to discuss the negative impact of recent reports in some sections of the media that questioned the effectiveness of male circumcision in preventing HIV transmission on Tuesday.

 
Mugwisi said far from media reports that downplayed the effectiveness of male circumcision, his hospital had so far circumcised 319 males since March this year.

 
The hospital started the programme in August last year and the figures to date show that people were responding positively to the programme.

 
Mugwisi castigated media reports that suggested that male circumcision was not working out on preventing HIV and Aids, saying such reports were discouraging to organisations that were supporting the programme.

 
Fact management commended Hippo Valley Hospital for spearheading the male circumcision programme by providing state-of-the-art facilities.

 
The hospital has all the facilities for male circumcision, complemented by four doctors and two nurses.

 
All circumcision procedures are done in one well-furnished room and these include counselling, testing and circumcision.

 

2 700 circumcised

Figures from Fact Chiredzi show that 2 700 people went under the knife since 2010.

 
Another report from a survey made by PSI also showed that about 68% of males from the ages of 12-24 were willing to go under the knife, while 73% of women said they were willing to have their husbands circumcised.

 
Chiredzi, which is in the lowveld, has a big population of Shangani people who have undergone circumcision since time immemorial as part of their tradition.

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