Siavonga district hospital targets to circumcise about 280 males during this male circumcision campaign period running through the month of April.
Acting Siavonga District Medical Officer Phallon Mwaba said that the hospital has received overwhelming response from both young men and older men.Dr Mwaba told ZANIS in an interview today that a good number of males have come forth for the exercise and that more are expected to be circumcised before the end of this month.
He attributed the increased numbers of people seeking the service to increased awareness among communities on the benefits of circumcision.Dr Mwaba said that the hospital is putting up measures to put up more male circumcision outlets in the district.He stated that the challenge that the institution is faced with is lack of resources to conduct the services to same parts of the district.
The Acting Medical Officer stated that Male circumcision (MC) is recommended for all Zambian males as it reduces risks of HIV and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI).He said Male circumcision should be encouraged because it also protects women from cervical cancer.
Dr Mwaba stated that the institution hopes to partner with NGOs like Jhpiego, among others to carry out the exercise.He also urged women to encourage their husbands to go for male circumcision because it is also for their benefit.
Dr Mwaba also urged Siavonga residents to go for male circumcision regardless of their culture because Siavonga is known to be culturally oriented.