Male circumcision contest attracts large number of contestants
Over 20 men have registered to participate in the first ever Mr. Male Circumcision contest to be held later this week in Livingstone.
The contest that is being spearheaded by Society for Family Health (SFH) is a strategy that the counselors at the institution are using
to sensitize the community on the importance of Male Circumcision.
SFH Livingstone Program coordinator, Monica Williams told ZANIS in an interview yesterday that a number of men have shown interest in the competition and she predicts that the event may be one of the biggest pageant contests.
“So far the response has been good we have recorded about 20 men and boys coming to register and I think the contest will meet the intended
target,” she said.
Ms Williams said the contestants must have a common qualification and most have a good knowledge on the subject matter. She said all the contestants must be circumcised.
The contest, which was supposed to take place earlier last week, was rescheduled due to the increasing number of contestants than expected.
Ms Williams says prices for winners have not yet been announced but those who will excel are likely to win big prices.
However one of the contestants spoken to said he is not interested in winning anything from the competition but merely to pass the information to the public about the clinical exercise.
Lameck Lumbo who is a Maramba resident said many people in the community have wrong misconception about the exercise.
He said the contest would provide a good platform for people to understand the importance of male circumcision.
Male Circumcision reduces the infection rate of HIV/AIDS infection to about 58 per cent and prevents cervical cancer, together with other STIs.