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The national SMC coordinator in the ministry, Dr Barbara Nanteza, said after realising the benefits of non-surgical circumcision, the ministry has decided to unveil it to all health units across the country in an attempt to reduce HIV/Aids prevalence.

MBALE- The Ministry of Health has started using a non-surgical circumcision method in hospitals and health centres in Mbale District, with plans to roll it out to other districts in the Elgon area next month.

Medically referred to as Prepex device, the method does not require surgery or injectable anesthesia as it is the case with safe male circumcision (SMC), which is currently used in the country.

The national SMC coordinator in the ministry, Dr Barbara Nanteza, said after realising the benefits of non-surgical circumcision, the ministry has decided to unveil it to all health units across the country in an attempt to reduce HIV/Aids prevalence.

“We have found out that the people will welcome non-surgical circumcision than the surgical one or the traditional Bugisu male circumcision. We sampled it in some hospitals in Busia and many people who turned up, welcomed it, Starting October, we shall start the same in Mbale,” said Ms Nanteza, who is also the ministry’s Aids control programme manager.

She was speaking during a media Dialogue in Mbale Town on Monday.

She added that this kind of circumcision is painless, takes a short time and allows the person to carry on with his daily work immediately after the operation.

Dr Nanteza said non-surgical circumcision will significantly scale up the fight against HIV/Aids, but warned the method doesn’t prevent infection but only reduces chances.

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