1.2 m to be circumcised by 2015

The ministry of Health and Child Welfare has set a target of 1.2 million males that must be circumcised by 2015, an official has said.

A male circumcision clinic.
A male circumcision clinic.

The target is part of the country's comprehensive HIV prevention programme of reducing incidence of the virus by scaling up Male Circumcision (MC) to reach 80% of 15-29 year old HIV negative men by 2015.

However, chances are high that the set target will be surpassed before 2015. This is taking into consideration the current statistics which indicate that 30 000 males have already been circumcised ahead of the 2010 target.

Dr Tendai Kaseke said the response was overwhelming with the traditional communities joining the national programme.

"As a ministry, we are happy for the achievements because communities now understand the concept of male circumcision. As a non circumcising nation, the response is overwhelming and likely to surpass the 2015 target.”

Male circumcision is regarded as one of the best measures of preventing the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, and HIV by 60 per cent. – Yeukai Moyo

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