The Star (Nairobi)

3 January 2013

Kenya: Free Male Cicrumcision Planned for Turkana

The Ministry of Health has started a free medical male circumcision in Turkana. The circumcision programme was supposed to start in December but there was a delay in the training of workers.

The Turkana medical officer of health, Joseph Epem, said the ministry targets 150,000 sexually active men in the county as a way of reducing HIV infections.

"We had planned to circumcise 1,200 men in December but our targetwas not realised due to delays" he said. Epem said his department has already trained all health workers in the county to to conduct the operations.

The programme is being carried out in Turkana central, South, East, North, Turkana West and Loima districts. The circumcision is being carried out along- side counseling on STDs screening and distribution of condoms.

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