Home » Health » ZIMBABWE’S HEALTH MINISTRY TARGETS CIRCUMCISING 217,800 MEN THIS YEAR

HARARE, April 4- Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Health and Child Care is targeting the circumcision of 217,800 males this year, more than twice the 112,869 who were circumcised last year, says the Director of the ministry’s AIDS and TB Unit, Dr Owen Mugurungi.

The ministry expected to meet the target despite falling short by two per cent last year when it targeted to circumcise 115,000 males, he said here Thursday. “These high targets are part of the build-up to our goal in the programme to circumcise 1.3 million males by 2017 so as to have a significant impact in reducing HIV incidence,” he added.

Dr Mugurungi said continued health education for men and women as well as support from various leaders would contribute to the increased appreciation of male circumcision in Zimbabwe.

He expressed satisfaction at the number of males who had been circumcised in rural areas, saying his Unit had worked hard to ensure no man was left out. “The response to the programme has been quite satisfactory as the number of males being circumcised continues to increase at a national scale,” he said.

“We are doing our best to decentralize the programme and provide outreach services so that communities in the rural areas access the service at the shortest distance possible.”

Studies carried out have proved that male circumcision reduces the rate of HIV infection by 60 per cent.
Male circumcision also prevents infection of other sexually transmitted diseases such as chancroid, syphilis, human pappiloma virus, balanitis, phimosis and penile cancer.

SOURCE: NEW ZIANA

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