MIKE MUGALA, Lusaka
OVER 35,000 people across the country have been circumcised in the ongoing voluntary medical male circumcision since April 1, 2017, Ministry of Health spokesperson Kennedy Malama has said.
And Dr Malama has said over 1.4 million people have been circumcised in the country since the voluntary medical male circumcision programme started in 2009.
Speaking in an interview with the Sunday Mail, Dr Malama said the Ministry of Health targets to circumcise over 100,000 people by the May 12.
“I can confirm that more than 35,000 people have been circumcised in the current voluntary male circumcision. We target to reach out to 108,002 people by the mid of May, 2017. This figure represents 35 percent of the initial target,” he said.
Dr Malama said although the campaign started on a slow note, the response from members of the general public has been overwhelming.
He said the ministry has also stepped up its sensitisation programme to capture more people.
“We are on course with the medical supplies and consumables and our goal is to improve on the demand, especially in the rural areas. We, therefore, appeal to people in the rural areas to take advantage of the situation and take part in the programme,” Dr Malama said.
He said the ministry is likely to end the duration of the programme if the target will not be met by May 12.
Dr Malama has appealed to members of the general public to take advantage of the situation and turn up in numbers.
“Voluntary medical male circumcision is one of the methods we use to reach many people on voluntary testing of HIV and the more people we have, the more easily we spread the information.
The process is more healthy and safe, and people must, therefore, feel compelled to come on board,” he said.