KZN: All the King's men circumcised

2012-04-04 00:00

KING Goodwill Zwelithini’s new regiment iziChwi (superior warriors), have all been circumcised.

The ukweshwama ceremony took place at the Enyonkeni Palace through medical circumcision for HIV prevention.

The procedures were done by an international team based in Jerusalem called Operation Abraham Collaborative, which consists of nine leading Israeli medical organisations and was invited by health authorities to help the province in initiating medical male circumcision.

Israeli and Senegalese doctors and nurses were sent to assist King Zwelithini’s warriors as well as thousands of other young men who voluntary seek circumcision.

The CEO of St Mary’s Hospital, Dr Douglas Ross, said circumcision helped to fight HIV. “We tend to prefer the medical way because it partially reduces the risk of HIV in males. In this procedure, the entire foreskin is removed and that reduces contraction of HIV by about 60%,” he said.

More than 1 000 men were circumcised in public hospitals and at Asiphile this month. — WR.

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