Thyolo district hospital says over 130 people in the district have undergone male circumcision which was aimed at reducing the risk of contracting HIV and AIDS.
District hospital HIV and AIDS Coordinator, Richard Chidakwani disclosed this on Friday at a Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) partners District Coordination Meeting.
Chidakwani said 101 people were circumcised at Kwethemule health center while the other 31 were circumcised at Malamulo health center.
District hospital HIV and AIDS Coordinator said many people saw the necessity of being circumcised but resources were limited to cater for each and everyone wanting to be circumcised.
“Last week, over 250 clients at Thekerani health center were waiting for us to circumcise them but we did not make it because we had not enough materials for the activity,” he said.
He therefore asked VMMC partners such as Banja La Mtogolo (BLM) and Population Services International (PSI) to speed up the male circumcision programme saying that would help in reducing the district’s HIV and AIDS prevalence whose current rate was pegged at 21 percent.
Chidakwani also said the district had managed to beat the target of 12,000 people who were expected to be provided with HTC services by 41.7 percent. Over 17,000 people received HTC services during the week.
Earlier, Sara Mwale of Bridge 11 said VMMC is very helpful because apart from reducing the risk of HIV infection, it also reduces cervical cancer in women. VMMC targets male people of the age between 15 and 49.
Meanwhile, the project implementers such as BLM, PSI and Bridge 11 have started community mobilization campaigns in the three districts of Thyolo, Mulanje and Phalombe where VMMC is being piloted.