PARENTS in Kisumu county have been advised to take their children for the Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision to help fight HIV infections.
Speaking in Ahero town yesterday, Nyando District Rapid Result Initiative coordinator Norman Ochieng said male circumcision reduces chances of HIV infection by about 60 per cent.
He said the VMMC services are free in public health facilities in the county. Ochieng said circumcision also reduces cancer of the cervix. He asked women to encourage their partners to embrace it.
He said parents should shy away from traditional beliefs against circumcision which has barred some people from seeking the services.
Ochieng said circumcision does not prevent HIV and asked those who have undergone the cut to protect themselves. "Being circumcised is not a certificate for having unprotected sex," he said.
Ochieng said they have surpassed their 3,000 people target in the ongoing Rapid Result Initiative Programme. He said they have circumcised nearly 3,200 clients in the last three weeks.
Ochieng said they have improved teams of surgical experts to bring VMMC services closer to their clients and to ensure safe circumcision.