The Herald (Harare)

13 December 2013

Zimbabwe: 90 000 Circumcised

ABOUT 90 000 people countrywide have been circumcised so far against this year's target of 115 000, a senior Government official has said.

Head of Aids and TB Unit in the Ministry of Health and Child Care Dr Owen Mugurungi said 87 858 men were circumcised this year, more than double the number of men circumcised last year.

In 2012, 40 755 men were circumcised throughout the country.

"This year's output marks a significant increase as compared with 2012, when a total of 40 755 males were circumcised," Dr Mugurungi said.

Bulawayo had the highest number of males who were circumcised with 18 percent compared with 5 percent in Midlands, Mashonaland Central and Mashonaland West provinces.

Dr Mugurungi attributed the increase in Bulawayo to a number of initiatives meant to raise awareness on the advantages of voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC).

He said Government would be increasing the number of teams trained to provide VMMC in provinces with low percentages of circumcised males.

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