Solwezi District Health Director says 2,478 males have been circumcised between the first quarter and third quarter of 2018 from 18 sites where the exercise is being implemented.
Dr Kizito Sampa told ZANIS in an interview yesterday that the Ministry of Health in the area targets to circumcise 4,442 males by the end of this year.
He said the response from members of the public in the district has been positive as there has been a steady increase in the number of circumcised men between the first and third quarters.
Dr Sampa stated that male circumcision is one of the strategies that the ministry is implementing to prevent the spread of HIV and Cervical Cancer.
He dispelled the myth that circumcision reduces a man’s sexual appetite adding that, the procedure does not affect the male libido in any way.
“The foreskin has sensory nerves but circumcision will not affect the sexual appetite of a man,” Dr. Sampa said.
He said his office has been encouraging males to get circumcised and mothers to bring their male children for the procedure through radio programmes.
Dr. Sampa also stated that the 2018 child health week program in the area was successful as the district health office recorded more than 100% in all its performance indicators.
He revealed that children under the age of five were given deworming tablets, vitamin A, polio vaccine and growth monitoring services.
Dr. Sampa has further commended members of the community in the district for taking their children to access the services offered during child health week as the response was overwhelming.