1.1 milion men to be circumcised
07 November 2012, 11:41
The Kenyan Government is working around the clock to attain its ultimatum of having a total of 1.1 million uncircumcised men undergo the Voluntary Male Medical Circumcision (VMMC) come the end of next year.
According to the concerned health officials, all men who undergo the voluntary process are compensated a hundred shillings in return as an encouragement to bring forth other friends who have not yet undergone the process.
This is meant to reduce the rate of new HIV transmission cases by a significant number, since it is medically proven that circumcised men do stand a good chance of boosting their HIV prevention efforts.
Since its commencement back in 2008, the country has so far managed to successfully carry out over 477 000 Voluntary Male Medical Circumcision processes with an exclusion of those done in Private hospitals.
Accordance to studies carried out by medical officials, a circumcised man reduces his risk of contracting the HIV virus by as much as 60 percent compared to an uncircumcised counterpart.
Further studies reveal that male circumcision curbs the transmission of the virus through a vaginal intercourse for several years .
However, this doesn’t rule out the need to take the necessary preventive measures such as the use of contraceptives.
The key target areas for this voluntary exercise is Luo Nyanza and Turkana, both of which have been on spot for practicing risky ancient customs and traditions for long.
To ensure that it achieves this target, the government has rolled out programs aimed at sensitizing and mobilizing efforts to have more people embrace the ideology behind the whole process.
Women have also been urged to engage their men who have not yet gone through circumcision.
Another new approach of enhancing the program in a rather cost-effective manner is the introduction of infant male circumcision, which has so far been proven secure and only requires the parent’s consent or request to have it enforced.
Meanwhile, considerations are already underway to have the government integrate Voluntary Male Medical Circumcision (VMMC) process into outpatient public hospitals as part of its HIV Prevention package.
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