Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Circumcision deaths decrease

By Tando Mfengwana
20 December 2006

Circumcision death toll in the Eastern Cape has declined during this summer-season, compared to last years.

Four would-be initiates has died this year compared to 24 last year.

The department of Provincial health spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo says of the four that had died, two were as a result of complications of the circumcision operation itself.

The Cape Argus reports that the third boy died when his hut caught fire.

The fourth boy was involved in an alcohol related stabbing at an initiation school in Motherwell at the weekend.

The decrease comes as a result of the department’s awareness campaign and their drive to close down illegal initiation schools.

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