By Hileni Nembwaya
THE Minister of Health and Social Services, Dr Bernard Haufiku has announced that kwaito artist, The Dogg will have his ‘smart cut’ this month.
Martin Morokcy popularly known as The Dogg, who is currently the voluntary circumcision campaign ambassador is set to be circumcised by Haufiku on September 19 at Oshakati Intermediate Hospital.
Haufiku made the announcement during the voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) campaign held in Oshana region, recently.
“I am inviting you all to come and get your smart cut at Oshakati Hospital where I am going to even give The Dogg his smart cut. To all of you out there that are not yet circumcised, I am inviting you to come out. It is a painless cut,” said Haufiku.
According to the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and the Global Fund (PEPFAR) call, about 330 128 Namibian males are targeted to be circumcised by 2016, while more than 30 341 have been circumcised so far.
Recent research has found that Male Circumcision (MC) could reduce the risk of HIV transmission from women to men considerably.
Three random controlled trials in South Africa, Uganda, and Kenya were conducted to establish the efficacy of MC on HIV acquisition. These studies found that circumcised men were less likely to become infected with HIV in comparison to uncircumcised men, with the reduction in risk estimated between 51 and 60 percent.
The expected reduction in new HIV infections from providing safe, accessible, voluntary MC services will move Namibia toward achieving its development goals identified in Vision 2030 and its MDGs on HIV/ AIDS.
Apart from reducing HIV infection, male circumcision decreases the risk of urinary tract infections; reduces risk of sexually transmitted diseases in men; protects against cancer of the penis, prevents inflammation of the glands and foreskin altogether.
Haufiku has urged all women to encourage their partners to seek VMMC as it is also to their health benefit.
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