5 December 2011

Uganda: Mad Rush for Medical Male Circumcision

Bugiri/ Kamuli — A total of 2,450 men have been circumcised in Bugiri District since the government Safe Male Circumcision programme started early this year as a measure to address the spread of HIV/Aids.

The District Health Officer, Dr Stephen Kirya, disclosed the figure during celebrations to mark the World Aids Day at Ndifakulya Primary School last week. The majority of those circumcised are youths between 20 to 30 years, he added.

Dr Kirya said medical personnel anticipate more people will come for the exercise during this holiday season. He attributed the massive turn-up to increased sensitisation by health officials about the benefits of the programme, adding that all newborn baby boys in government hospitals in the district are to be circumcised.

Meanwhile, in Kamuli 60 men were circumcised at Kakindu, bringing to 512 the number of circumcisions in the district this month. The project coordinator, Mr George Luyiro, promised outreaches and advised those circumcised not to be excited into reckless sex.

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