By Johannes Hangula
AFTER several awareness campaigns were carried out in the country, the Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision awareness creation roadshow is now back and running in Windhoek. VMMC is an initiative of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, through its directorate of special programmes.
The three-day roadshow kicked off in Moses Garoeb constituency, and continued to John Pandeni and Groot Aub constituencies respectively, with live performances and words of encouragement from various local artists.
The VMMC coordinator in the region Clarence Vejorerako said the only challenge they encountered was the slow response from the public at the beginning. ‘‘At the moment the response is at an advanced level that we aimed for,” said Vejorerako. ‘‘The regional target is getting 21 000 men circumcised during the 2015/2016 financial year, and so far 30 percent of the target was reached from May to June, and this gives us optimism as the waiting list at hospitals is increasing day by day.”
Acknowledging the regional partners for their support, Vejorerako told Confidente that the awareness creation roadshow entails a comprehensive package of information on HIV, including HIV counseling and testing that comes for free.
VMMC ambassador and music icon The Dogg pointed out that women have a big role to play in this matter. Speaking to learners in Havana Project School, The Dogg enlightened them about the importance of male circumcision saying it reduces the risks of HIV infections, cervical and penile cancer and various STDs in both men and women. The Dogg himself will be circumcised and he promised to reveal the date soon.
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