2000 Undergo Free Male Circumcision In Bugiri

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Up to 2000 people have undergone free safe male circumcision in Bugiri district since the start of the programme earlier this year as a measure aimed at reducing the spread of HIV/Aids amongst sexually active males.

Up to 2000 people have undergone free safe male circumcision in Bugiri district since the start of the programme earlier this year as a measure aimed at reducing the spread of HIV/Aids amongst sexually active males.

The Bugiri district health officer, Dr. Stephen Kirya while speaking during the World Aids Day event held at Ndifakulya Primary Pchool on Thursday, said majority of these who underwent the free male circumcision are youths between the ages of 20 and 30 years.

He said the number is likely to increase especially since the start of this long school holiday season.

Kirya attributed the huge turn up for the safe male circumcision to increased sensitization by health officials about the benefits of the programme.

He urged women to encourage their husbands to embrace the exercise as a way of reducing the spread of the HIV/Aids virus.

Kirya said those who underwent the free male circumcision also received medicine to help them cure comfortably.

He noted that during the start of the programme there were only three surgeons who could not handle the increasing number of people but the number has since been increased to at least ten by the ministry of health.

Kirya said all newly born babies in all government hospitals in the district are to be circumcised.

The deputy resident district commissioner, Irene Mangali urged married couples to ensure that they remain faithful to each other to avoid being infected with the virus.

She said religious leaders in the district have not played a big role in educating locals especially youths about ways of behaving well in society besides abstinence.

Mangali said most of the youths in the district have taken up immoral acts because they have not been guided by religious leaders or parents during childhood.

A total of 123 people underwent free HIV/Aids testing as part of the day’s activities.