PROFFESSIONAL MALE CIRCUMCISION IN HOSPITALS GETS THUMBS UP
By: Marcelle Naidoo
The Health Department has embarked on a campaign to encourage Male Medical Circumcision (MMC) on a national scale to avoid unnecessary deaths occurring in unlicensed traditional male circumcision camps.
MMC has been proven to prevent the contraction of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases by up to 60%.
This initiative was introduced in 2010 by the government to combat the large number of lives lost in traditional botched circumcisions especially in the Eastern Cape and Mpumalanga. MMC takes place at hospitals and clinics therefore the procedure is always done by professionals. The process is quick and patients are given a local anaesthetic unlike when it is done traditionally.
Clairwood Hospital in Durban is one of the facilities that have been conducting this procedure since 2010. Public Relations Officer Mbuso Khuboni told IzikoNews that since 2010 they have had “almost 150 000 successful operations and this is proof enough that the method is 100% safe,” said Khuboni.
He further said that when coming to a medical institute, you lower your risk of contracting any infections during the process because the equipment used is sterile and professionals execute the procedure not unskilled community men.
Boys from as young as 12 can come to undergo the procedure but minors need their parent or guardian to consent the procedure and take liability for any damages that might be suffered during the procedure.