Tuesday, August 19, 2014

MMC held a round of discussion in Cape Town

Mluleki Mrwebi
19 August 2014

The Medical Male Circumcision in South Africa today held a media briefing in Cape Town.
The MMC is on tour around the country educating communities about the benefits of medical male Circumcision.

The Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers Union has joined the campaign to encourage men to go for MMC.

Sactwu Worker Health Programme Nikki Soboil said there are various clubs that one can go to but there are still challenges with turn out.

Soboil said the campaigns cannot rely on pamphlets, writings only but it helps have use people who have been there already, so that they bring their fried and the friend bring a friend. In other words a word of mouth is more powerful.

Meanwhile there is still a stigma associated with the Medical Male Circumcision in some communities.

It is said that in the black community men are reluctant to undergo the mmc. 

Doctor Donald Pupuma a General Practitioner that specialises in medical male circumcision says in areas such as Khayelitsha and Nyanga men still call each other names and the turnout is very low.

“One has got to understand the stigma where it comes from because I as a Xhosa man I am proud to be doing this simple because we are giving new life to these young people” added Pupuma

Harry Lake of MMC said in all the campaigns around the country only the Eastern Cape is still giving problems in terms of accepting the mmc on the belief that its cultural erosion.

Lake further said the mmc is not forced on any one but rather giving an option because it has more benefits in trying to avoid deaths and the spread of HIV and AIDS.

In the Eastern Cape about 30 initiates died during the initiation season and thousands were hospitalised.



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