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Don't charge for circumcision

By unknown | Dec 21, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

HEALTH authorities say prevention is better than cure.

In African tradition circumcision i s done as a symbol of manhood, with teenage boys being taken to the mountain to carry out the practice, which has been useful to researchers.

We commend the likes of King Goodwill Zwelithini and Cosatu for urging all young men to be circumcised in order to reduce the chances of being infected .

But the problem is that our hospitals, in Mpumalanga in particular, require patients to pay for the procedure.

The government should protect its citizens to prolong their lives, even if it means amending health policy. If hospitals perform circumcisions it would reduce unnecessary deaths in the mountains.

This epidemic can be defeated if all stakeholders speak as one and not just pay lip service.

Makhosonke Mkhaliphi andThulani Shube, Ermelo


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