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Kitgum to train clinical staff in male circumcision

By Vision Reporter

Added 11th November 2008 03:00 AM

CLINICAL officers in Kitgum district will soon be trained in circumcision of males, an official has said. The plan is to encourage males to get circumcised, which he said was one of the means to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS.

CLINICAL officers in Kitgum district will soon be trained in circumcision of males, an official has said. The plan is to encourage males to get circumcised, which he said was one of the means to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS.

By Justin Moro

CLINICAL officers in Kitgum district will soon be trained in circumcision of males, an official has said.

Thomas Ojok, the district HIV/AIDS focal point person, said they plan to encourage males to get circumcised, which he said was one of the means to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS.

He was speaking during an HIV/AIDS team meeting for the operationalisation of new strategies to control HIV held in the district last week.

Dr. Emmanuel Tenyua of the World Health Organisation, said a study had shown that male circumcision reduces the risk of HIV/AIDS transmission and the risk of cancer of the penis and cervical cancer in females.

Hellen Amono, the chairman of the meeting, who is also the district reproductive health educator, said circumcision of males would temporarily be carried out at Kitgum and St. Joseph hospitals until a separate ward is created.

The HIV/AIDS weekly meeting is part of the district preparations to mobilise and sensitise the community ahead of the World AIDS Day celebrated on December 1.

Kitgum to train clinical staff in male circumcision

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