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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